Bryan Fuller and Gillian Anderson are teaming up again. Anderson, best known for her role as Dana Scully on The X-Files also played Bedelia Du Maurier in Fuller’s NBC show Hannibal. Today it was announced that Anderson has been cast in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods on Starz which Fuller is executive producing and showrunning along with Michael Green.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) June 3, 2016
Anderson will play Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens — to their laptops, their TVs, to their iPhones in their hands while they watch their TVs. Ever the perky spokesperson, and always in control, she spins stories in whatever direction best suits her.
Previous castings include Ricky Whittle (The 100) as protagonist Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as the iconic Mr. Wednesday, Crispen Glover as Mr. World, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis and Bruce Langley as Technical Boy.
In American Gods, the plot 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.
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