We’re trying to keep our cool here. We’re trying really hard. We’re just failing at it. Because ‘American Gods’ is coming, and we here at Fangirlish couldn’t be more excited about it.
The long awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel has now officially begun production. Shooting has started in Toronto, and will continue in additional locations during the next few months.
Starz and Freemantle have also announced that Cloris Leachman (Malcolm in the Middle), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Mousa Kraish (Superbad) have joined the previously announced cast. Leachman will be playing Zorya Vechernyaya, the eldest of three sisters who watch over the constellations, Stormare will bring Czernobog, a Slavic God of darkness and evil to life, Obi is slated to play Anubis, the commanding ancient Egyptian god of the dead and Kraish will play The Jinn, a mythical creature of the fire who understands a person’s deepest desires better than they do.
The previously announced cast includes Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Masters of Sex) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith.
FremantleMedia North America is producing the show, with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as writers/show-runners. David Slade is set to direct the pilot and additional episodes. Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman.
The first season of “American Gods” is slated to have 10 episodes. No information about a possible release date has been made public.