Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods gets SDCC first look trailer

By ·July 23, 2016 12:46 am

A television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award winning novel, American Gods, is currently in production for Starz network. The series is created by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes), who serve as writers and showrunners, with Gaiman on board as a writer and executive producer. David Slade (Hannibal) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. The first season is set to adapt the first third of the original novel.

British actor Ricky Whittle (The 100) has been cast as the lead character, Shadow Moon, a recently released ex-convict pulled into a battle across continents, ages and deities.

Starz describes the synopsis as follows: The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and 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.

View the first look trailer below:


Gillian Anderson as Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods.


Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, an ancient goddess of love.

Along with Whittle, the series stars Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Chris Obi as Mr. Jacquel, Mousa Kraish as the Jinn, Gillian Anderson as Media, Omid Abtahi as Salim, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis, and Dane Cook as Robbie.

A 10-episode first season of American Gods is expected to air on Starz in 2017.

MORE: TV adaption of Neil Gaiman’s Interworld in development

Image credits: Starz

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  1. staff

    I didn’t even expect a trailer for this at SDCC in all honesty – I assumed it would still be too soon. So I’m very pleased to see one. What a great looking adaptation. This show is going to make American Gods fans proud.