Also joining the cast are Chris Obi, known for his roles in Snow White and the Huntsman and The Counselor, and Mousa Kraish, who previously appeared in Superbad and Fast and Furious. Keeping in line with the show’s fantastic setting, the four actors will play characters with supernatural backgrounds and abilities. Leachman is playing a woman who watches over the constellations with her two sisters and Stormare is portraying Czernobog, a brooding Slavic god. Meanwhile Obi is playing the Egyptian deity Anubis and Kraish will appear as The Jinn, a mystical creature that, despite it’s name, is not really much like the genies’ TV viewers are probably accustomed to:
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.
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (The River, Kings) serve as writers and showrunners. David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman.
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