The casting for the upcoming Starz series American Gods, adapting the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, has scored one that will garner it a bit more attention with Gillian Anderson now signing on.
“Anderson will play Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens-to their laptops, their TVs, to their iPhones in their hands while they watch their TVs. Ever the perky spokesperson, and always in control, she spins stories in whatever direction best suits her.”
Neil Gaiman is on board as executive producer for the show, which is being produced by Freemantle North America, with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green writing it and serving as the showrunners.
The series will be directed by David Slade and will star Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Chris Obi as Anubis, Gillian Anderson as Media, Mousa Kaish as The Jinn.
Plot concept: The story posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.