Starz orders series of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ from ‘Hannibal’ producer Bryan Fuller

alan-sepinwall
Senior Television Writer
06.16.15

After years in development at both HBO and Starz, Neil Gaiman's “American Gods” is finally coming to television. All it needs now is a cast.

Starz today announced an order for “American Gods,” adapting Gaiman's 2001 novel in which the deities of ancient myth wander around modern day America in more mortal-seeming forms. It has an impressive creative team, headed by “Hannibal” showrunner Bryan Fuller and “Kings” creator Michael Green. The start of production is contingent on the show finding the right actor to play the central character, known as Shadow Moon.

In the press release, Gaiman said, “I am thrilled, ‎scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation. The team that is going to bring the world of 'American Gods' to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I'm relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands. Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura…”

Gaiman fans, any casting suggestions? Preferably involving people who are both available and likely to agree to be a cable series regular?

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Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television since the mid-'90s. He's the author of "The Revolution Was Televised," about the rise of TV's new golden age, and co-author of "TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time."

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