Starz brought the cast of American Gods to the San Diego Comic Con where they not only debuted the first official trailer for the dramatic series but also announced Kristin Chenoweth has joined the cast as Easter. Easter (once known as Ostara), is the goddess of spring who “still embraces the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies associated with the holiday that bears her name, in an effort to stay relevant.” Chenoweth put in a surprise appearance at Comic Con where she joined her fellow cast members Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy) to talk about the series which is based on the book by Neil Gaiman.
Hannibal‘s Bryan Fuller and Heroes‘ Michael Green are the series’ writers and showrunners. They also executive produce the series along with Gaiman, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk, and director David Slade.
The Plot: American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. 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.