This week, Starz and FremantleMedia North America have begun production on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed 2001 fantasy novel American Gods! A majority of the filming will commence in Toronto, Ontario, however shooting will occur in various locales across America.
Furthermore, the lead cast has finally been rounded out with the additions of Mousa Kraish (Superbad, AMC’s “Feed the Beast”) Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, Ghost in the Shell), Peter Stormare (Fargo, John Wick: Chapter Two) and Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, Bad Santa).
The latest castmates have assumed roles among the assemblage of elder gods who are apprehensive about the upcoming war between the old and new. As stated in the announcement by Starz and FremantleMedia North America:
Leachman plays Zorya Vechernyaya, the eldest of three sisters who watch over the constellations, guarding against horrors forgotten by modern man. Once accustomed to royal status, the sisters have learned to survive on far less in a country that has no memory of them.
Stormare plays Czernobog. A Slavic god of darkness and evil, Czernobog is reluctant to join the coming war, wary of Wednesday’s motivations.
Obi plays Anubis, the commanding ancient Egyptian god of the dead, gently guiding mortals through the judgment of their souls.
Kraish will play The Jinn, a mythical creature of the fire who understands a person’s deepest desires better than they do. He fears for his safety with the coming war, and considers fleeing America.
American Gods – also starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Sean Harris, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover and Jonathan Tucker – will premiere in 2017!