American Gods first pictures of Shadow, Wednesday and Mad Sweeney

Check out the first pictures from American Gods

The first pictures from Starz’ American Gods pictures have arrived from EW, showing off Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday, Ricky Whittle as Shadow and Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney in Jack’s Crocodile Bar.

It’s the first time we’ve been able to get any idea of what Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s take on Neil Gaiman’s amazing novel will be and, as we’d expect from Mr Fuller, it’s obviously going to be eye-catching.

“It was one of the sets that we were the most excited about and an opportunity to do a tonal landgrab for what we are and what the style of the show will be,” Fuller told EW. “[Jack’s] is a kind of hillbilly chic aesthetic for Shadow’s entrée into the world of the gods.”

There’s some discussion in the report about how the gods in the show will differ from the titans that we’ve seen before, as Green stated that “One of the biggest challenges was stripping the idea of gods as X-Men or giant empowered creatures who stomp on cities and throw the oceans. We wanted them to be people with problems. It’s not about lightning bolts – it’s about the question of day-to-day survival.”

Fuller added “Neil created this wonderfully stuffed toy box filled with all sorts of cultural points of view on how American operates as a system, and that was so fascinating and mythological in and of itself,” says Fuller. “It’s really much more of an immigration story than it is a god story.”

American Gods is the story of Shadow, played by Whittle, who is released from prison and hired by the mysterious Mr Wednesday as a bodyguard. As it turns out, Mr Wednesday is one of the old gods who were brought to America by immigrating believers, and who are now fighting for their existence in the face of the powerful and alluring modern deities of our age, like Gillian Anderson’s Media.

The amazing cast also includes Emily Browning, Orlando Jones, Demore Barnes, Crispin Glover, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Tucker, Yetide Badaki and Cloris Leachman.

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