Starz TV and Bryan Fuller have found their Shadow Moon for the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
English actor Ricky Whittle from The 100 and Hollyoaks (?) has been cast in the role.
While I have to say I’m not familiar with his work, his physical appearance is perfect for Shadow as I pictured while reading Gaiman’s book, I also have a lot of trust in Fuller after Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and Hannibal; I can’t wait to see what he does in Gaiman’s world.
Starz revealed his casting in a press release:
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.
We’re thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.
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, though, which means one burning question will have to be resolved soon: Who will play Mr. Wednesday?