These Character Photos for American Gods Are so Cool

first_img ‘American Gods’ Season 2 Trailer: A Divine War Is ComingNYCC 2018: The American Gods Cast Gives Us a Glimpse of Season Two Bryan Fuller’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods is almost here. As we get closer to the series premiere, images from the show are starting to come out. Fuller tweeted out some fantastic-looking character portraits for some of the show’s main players.Given that the plot centers on a war between old gods and new ones, the phrase “OMG” is certainly appropriate. Fuller’s first batch showed off Ricky Whittle as the protagonist Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as his employer Mister Wednesday, Emily Browning as his deceased fiance Laura Moon, and Yetide Badaki as Goddess of Love Bilquis, a.k.a. the Queen of Sheba.Those who’ve read the book will remember Bilquis from an infamous scene that closes out the first chapter. It’s one of those images that stick with you, letting readers know exactly what kind of strange, possibly disturbing ride they’re in for. The scene has been called impossible to film. Early on in production, Fuller said that not only had they shot it, it will be in the first episode. Those who haven’t read the book will just have to be surprised. Like the rest of us were. Also, you can probably guess Wednesday’s true identity if you have a passing familiarity with Norse mythology. His name, along with those ravens, are a big giveaway.In the second batch, Fuller showed us Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, the trickster god. He, if the name doesn’t ring any bells, is Anansi, the cunning spider of African folklore. A few years after American Gods, Gaiman wrote a semi-sequel staring Mr. Nancy’s two sons called Anansi Boys. If this series does well, maybe that story will get an adaptation as well?Next, is Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeny, a leprechaun who gives Shadow a special coin. Coin tricks figure heavily into the plot of American Gods, so you know a leprechaun would be involved. Kristin Chenoweth plays Easter, or Eostre, the pagan Goddess of Spring and fertility. And then there’s Bruce Langley as Technical Boy. He’s one of the new gods that humanity has begun to worship, like Media and The Intangibles (personifications of the stock market). As you might guess from the name, Technical Boy is the internet given human form. It’s exactly as terrifying as you imagine it would be.Finally, we have Peter Stormare as Czernobog and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. Czernobog is one of the first gods Shadow meets after Wednesday hires him. Despite his advanced age, he can still swing that hammer harder than anyone else on the planet. When worshippers of Czernobog became less common in America, he worked at a slaughterhouse for a while. He still knows exactly how to kill an animal (that includes humans) with one blow. Mr. World is… well, let’s just say he’s the leader of the New Gods and leave it at that.American Gods is one of my favorite novels, and these photos instill nothing but confidence in the adaptation. Fuller’s surreal, experimental style is perfectly suited to a strange, dark modern fantasy like this. After the abstract nightmare that was the final season of Hannibal, I have no doubt he can pull this off.American Gods airs April 30 on Starz.View as: One Page Slides1. Peter Stormare2. Crispin Glover3. Orlando Jones4. Pablo Schreiber5. Bruce Langley6. Kristin Chenoweth7. Ricky Whittle8. Yetide Badaki9. EmilyBrowning10. Ian McShane Stay on targetlast_img

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