We love Gillian Anderson. We love Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. We love Bryan Fuller.
And now we log that Anderson has joined Fuller’s TV Adaptation of Gaiman’s book as Media, one of the New Gods in the upcoming Starz show, reports Deadline.
The X-Files actress was born to play this role as the spokesperson for the unlikeable New Gods of the story, out to take over from the classic Gods of myth and faith: :Media functions as the New Gods’ public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens – to their laptops, their TVs, to their iPhones in their hands while they watch their TVs. Ever the perky spokesperson, and always in control, she spins stories in whatever direction best suits her.”
The plot of 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 (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), 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
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are writers and showrunners of American Gods.David Slade is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FremantleMedia North America’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Gaiman. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.