Emily Browning Joins American Gods

Emily Browning has been cast as Laura Moon on STARZ’s upcoming American Gods

Starz and FremantleMedia North America announced today that Emily Browning (Sucker PunchLegend) has been cast as Laura Moon for the upcoming television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.

“I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’,” says 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.”

“You don’t need a magical coin when you have Emily Browning,” add showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. “She brings a fascinating spark of life to every role she inhabits and we are tickled she will be lighting up Laura Moon and bringing her to life in more ways than one on ‘American Gods’.”

Emily Browning joins a cast that also includes Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle, recently announced to play Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon, respectively. 

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, 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.

As Laura Moon, Emily Browning plays Shadow Moon’s wife, who has been preparing for her husband’s pending prison release. Little does she know that she will go on an unexpected journey that leads her to an epiphany about her relationship and affords her a second chance to get things right. 

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