Yetide Badaki, Sean Harris and Bruce Langley have all joined the American Gods cast
Starz and FremantleMedia North America announced today that Yetide Badaki (Aquarius, Masters of Sex), Sean Harris (The Borgias, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) have all joined the American Gods cast. Badaki will play Bilquis, Harris, Mad Sweeney and Langley, Technical Boy in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel. The series will begin production next month.
The American Gods cast also includes Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mister Wednesday and Emily Browning as Laura Moon.
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.
The new characters offer, in Mad Sweeney, a down on his luck leprechaun, who is having a hard time understanding how he lost his charm and way. Always up for a good fight, Sweeney is never deprived while in the employment of Mr. Wednesday. Bilquis, meanwhile, is an ancient goddess of love who craves the worship she inspired in eras long gone, and who is eager to find that same relevance in today’s world. Technical Boy, finally, is a New God who is purveyor of all things technology. Desperate to prove himself, and hungry for respect and power, he struggles to keep his impulsiveness and petulance in check, making him dangerously unpredictable.
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