Shooting begins for American Gods

American Gods StarzThe television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is now underway in Toronto, as well as in various locations across America. The first season of the Starz series will have ten episodes.

According to an official press release from Starz and an article on TV Series Finale, shooting for the show has begun and more members of the cast have also been revealed.

Several cast members have been added to the previously announced cast. American Gods will star Ricky Whittle (The 100, Austenland) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood, Ray Donovan) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Legend) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius, Masters of Sex) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr. World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith.

Cloris LeachmanThe newest additions are Cloris Leachman (Malcom in The Middle, Raising Hope) as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break) as Czernobog, Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor) as Anubis, and Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious) as The Jinn.

Here are the character descriptions of Leachman, Stormare, Obi, and Kraish, according to the Starz press release:

“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.

Neil Gaiman American GodsKraish 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 is an award-winning book that has been translated into more than 30 languages around the world. As previously reported, it explores the idea that a pantheon of deities and mythological figures continue to exist because of people’s belief in them. And with the weakening of faith in ancient creatures, a new generation of gods has emerged.