Starz will debut the new dramatic series American Gods on April 30, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT. The series is based on Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel and stars Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Ray Donovan) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Legend) as Laura Moon, and Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) as Mad Sweeney. The cast also includes Yetide Badaki (Masters of Sex) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr. World, and Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) as Mr. Nancy.
Gillian Anderson (The Fall), Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked), Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman), Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law), and Mousa Kraish (Fast & Furious) are also featured in the eight episode first season. Gaiman is involved in Starz’ American Gods series as an executive producer along with Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, David Slade, and Adam Kane. Fuller (Hannibal) and Green (Alien: Covenant) are the series’ writers and showrunners, with Slade directing some of the first season episodes.
Prior to its debut on Starz, American Gods will screen at SXSW on March 11th. The special premiere will include a Q&A with cast members and showrunners Fuller and Green.
The Plot: American Gods posits a different kind of war brewing – one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.