The cast of American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s book, continues to grow with A Series of Unfortunate Events and Sucker Punch star Emily Browning joining the Starz show.
“I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since A Series of Unfortunate Events.” said Gaiman.
“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.”
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.
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Heroes) and Michael Green (Heroes) will be American Gods’ showrunners and writers; David Slade (who directed several key episodes of Hannibal, as well as features 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) will helm the pilot. It’s expected to air in 2017. Filming is slated to start in April.