If there weren’t already enough reasons to be excited about Starz’ upcoming TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, we have another won for you, as it has been confirmed that none other than Gillian Anderson has joined the cast.
Having worked with co-showrunner Bryan Fuller previously on Hannibal, this will be a reunion of sorts for The X-Files star. In the series she will play one of the New Gods, who is described in the press release as “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.”
So in other words, she’s a pretty influential character – which is a good thing, as she’s the closest thing to a safe pair of hands as we can think of. In recent years she has impressed in not only Hannibal, but also the likes of The Fall and War & Peace, and we’re sure that she will be no different here.
For those who are unfamiliar, American Gods follows ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) as he commences work as a bodyguard for the enigmatic Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane), all set against the backdrop of an impending conflict between the old gods of mythology, and the new deities of modern-day phenomena like technology and entertainment.
Anderson joins Whittle and McShane in a cast that already includes the likes of Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Tucker and Cloris Leachman.
American Gods will air on Starz in 2017, with a UK air date and release to be announced. For more news about the latest TV series, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.