Apparently American Gods isn’t done with recruiting new faces yet. While what feels like a huge array of cast members have already been confirmed for Bryan Fuller’s Starz TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, another intriguing new casting addition has been announced courtesy of Deadline, with American comedian Dane Cook being the latest addition to the upcoming fantasy series.
According to the report, Cook will be playing a friend of protagonist Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who is married to Audrey, the best friend of Shadow’s wife Laura (Emily Browning), and promises to hold Shadow’s job by for him while he’s in jail. While we won’t reveal anything more about the nature of his role due to spoilers, suffice to say his actions have a massive impact not only on Shadow’s life and motivations, but that of the course of the story too.
While Cook might seem like an interesting choice for such an ostensibly serious role at first glance, being known primarily for his stand-up comedy and roles in more light-hearted fare like Employee Of The Month, My Best Friend’s Girl, Waiting and Good Luck Chuck, he has recently shown a different dramatic side via starring in Matt Osterman’s sci-fi thriller 400 Days, which makes his presence here a bit more understandable. We’re dying to say more about his role, but we’ll hold off for now. Actually… na, we’re not saying anything.
Cook joins a cast that in addition to Whittle and Browning, also includes the likes of Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Gillian Anderson, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Tucker, Crispin Glover and many more.
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