According to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz has added three new cast members to its upcoming series, “American Gods“. The show, based on the popular fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman, comes to us courtesy of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. It follows the adventures of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con hired out of prison as a bodyguard for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who happens to actually be the Norse god Odin. Together they travel the country recruiting other fallen gods in an attempt to battle the rising new gods born out of man’s technological obsessions.
Sean Harris will play Mad Sweeney, “a down on his luck leprechaun who is having a hard time understanding how he lost his charm and way. Always up for a good fight, Sweeney is never deprived while in the employment of Mr. Wednesday.” English character actor Harris is probably best known for his turns in Prometheus, Deliver Us From Evil and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Yetide Badaki has been cast as Bilquis, “an ancient goddess of love who craves the worship she inspired in eras long gone, and who is eager to find that same relevance in today’s world.” She has previously appeared on shows such as “Criminal Minds” and “NCIS: New Orleans“.
Bruce Langley will portray Technical Boy, “a New God who is purveyor of all things technology. Desperate to prove himself, and hungry for respect and power, he struggles to keep his impulsivity and petulance in check, making him dangerously unpredictable.” This is his television debut.
All three roles are expected to be series regulars. They join the previously cast Emily Browning, who will be playing Shadow’s wife, Laura Moon. Director David Slade is currently slated to helm the series’ pilot, as well as possibly a few other episodes in the first season.
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