The first trailer for Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s American Gods has arrived out of Comic-Con and it is…fantastic.
No Defenders-style teaser this, this pitches us into the story of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), hired by the mysterious Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane) after he’s released from prison early following the death of his wife Laura (Emily Browning), bringing him into the middle of a war between the gods of the old world and the new.
We get glimpses of Crispin Glover as Mr World, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy and more, and that World Tree looks stunning.
Of course, the pilot is directed by David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days Of Night, Hard Candy), so stunning is very much on the agenda, but it’s so good to see how perfect everyone is looking as their characters. That moment between Shadow and Laura (“Who said I died, puppy?”) is one of the book’s most affecting scenes and it looks great here, and, of course, McShane is exactly the right choice for the charming, scheming Mr Wednesday.
Seriously, 2017 can’t come soon enough. Hurry up.
“American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of 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.”
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