One of the programming highlights from San Diego Comic-Con today was the first convention appearance for American Gods, the upcoming Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, which not included a surprise casting announcement, but also gave audience members their first look at footage from the series.
Cast members Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy) were onhand along with some of the creative team, including executive producers, showrunners and writers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, director and executive producer David Slade, and Gaiman himself.
Check out the first American Gods trailer right here.
Along with the well-received first look, Kristen Chenowith was revealed as the latest addition to the cast. She’ll be appearing as Easter, and the official press release provided some details about her character:
Once known as Ostara, goddess of spring, Easter still embraces the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies associated with the holiday that bears her name, in an effort to stay relevant.
American Gods will premiere in 2017, exclusively on Starz.
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.