Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Jesus, aka the Son of God, is coming to showrunner Bryan Fuller’s American Gods.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Lost and Justified alum Jeremy Davies — who will next be seen in the fourth season of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and the Twin Peaks revival series — has joined the cast of American Gods in the role of Jesus.
The series, based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning fantasy novel, follows an ex-con named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who gets a job as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) bodyguard and finds himself in the middle of a war between the old gods and the new. The old gods being those from the various ancient myths who have immigrated to America, and the new ones reflecting today’s society’s love of money, media, technology, drugs and more.
Jesus is said to play in the appearance of another character, Easter, aka Ostara, played by Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies). Here’s the official description for the character:
“Resurrected on Ostara’s feast day, Jesus has always been generous in sharing the Easter holiday with the ancient goddess. But the overly empathetic Son of God would be crushed to know that Ostara harbors some deeply buried resentment over the issue.”
American Gods also stars Gillian Anderson, Pablo Schreiber, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Jonathan Tucker, Corbin Bernsen, Demore Barnes, Mousa Kraish, Chris Obi and Omid Abtahi.
What do you think about the casting of Jeremy Davies in the role of Jesus on American Gods? The series is set to debut on Starz in 2017.