The first trailer for Starz’s television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is here!
If you aren’t familiar with the story already, you’re probably not going to get it from the trailer, so here’s what’s up.
American Gods centers around a man named Shadow who’s being released from prison only to learn that his wife was killed in a car accident. On his way to her funeral, he meets a mysterious man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday, but Mr. Wednesday is no ordinary mister. He’s actually the god Odin in human form. In fact, all the gods are around in human form, but humans are losing their belief. Humans are starting to worship the “New Gods” of money and technology. Odin wants Shadow’s help to handle the brewing conflict between the old gods and new.
The first season of the TV series will cover about the first 1/3rd of the book. This seems like a difficult feat, filling a TV series out of just one book. However, Neil Gaiman stated at San Diego Comic-Con that there were thousands of words that never made it into the original manuscript that could appear in the series. So yeah, in case you were wondering, Gaiman will definitely have some influence over the show. Executive producer Bryan Fuller has worked on beloved series including Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal; and co-creator Michael Green is known for his work on Smallville, Heroes, and DC’s Superman/Batman comics. Between the three of them, I’m confident we’re going to have a solid series that stays true to the book.
American Gods also sports an incredible looking cast including Ricky Whittle (The 100, Hollyoaks) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood, Game of Thrones) as Mr. Wednesday, Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black, The Wire) as Mad Sweeny, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future, Beowulf) as Mr. World, Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein) as Zorya Vechernyaya, Gilian Anderson (The X-Files) as Media, Orlando Jones (MADtv) as Mr. Nancy, and Dane Cook (Mystery Men, Good Luck Chuck) as Robbie. During the Comic-Con panel, attendees were surprised at the announcement–and appearance–of Kristin Chennoweth (Wicked, Glee) as Easter.
American Gods will premiere on Starz in 2017.
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