Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel American Gods has finally found its male lead.
British actor Ricky Whittle (Hollyoaks, Austenland, Mistresses, The 100) has been cast in the role of Shadow Moon, an ex-convict who, upon getting an early release from prison, is hired to be the bodyguard of a mysterious con man called Mr. Wednesday.
The kicker is that Wednesday happens to be an incarnation of the All-Father, aka Odin, who's traveling across America to recruit fellow forgotten gods in order to wage an epic battle against the new American gods who reflect modern society’s love of technology like the Internet, media, money, celebrities and drugs.
Writers and showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have said about Ricky Whittle's casting:
“We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”
Gaiman, who will serve as executive producer, said about The 100 actor being cast as the show's lead:
“I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. ‘American Gods’ is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”
Production on American Gods had been dependent on the casting of Shadow Moon (which took a few months), and with Ricky Whittle cast it'll finally begin filming in April, with David Slade (Hannibal) helming the pilot.
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