American Gods TV series casts Laura Moon

Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods casts Shadow’s powerful wife

The cast of American Gods is coming together very nicely, as another name joins Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane in the Starz version of Neil Gaiman’s classic.

Emily Browning

Deadline reports that Emily Browning, star of God Help The Girl, Legend, and, erm, Sucker Punch has been cast as Laura Moon, the wife of Shadow.

The site describes the character as someone “who has been preparing for her husband’s pending prison release. Little does she know that she will go on an unexpected journey that leads her to an epiphany about her relationship and affords her a second chance to get things right.”

Fans of the novel know exactly what that unexpected journey is…

Den Of Geek report Gaiman as saying:

“I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since A Series Of Unfortunate Events. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She’s going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life.”

Fuller has already spoken about the fact that Laura will have a very expanded role in the TV series. She’s one of the book’s most powerful and memorable characters but only appears intermittently, so that is very exciting news. Browning is an excellent actor who’s not always found roles deserving of her talents, so we’re looking forward to seeing what she does with this one.

As we know, American Gods “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 who in reality is 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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