It’s a Hannibal reunion, you guys! Gillian Anderson has joined Bryan Fuller’s American Gods, Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel.
American Gods is the story of a battle between the gods. The Old Gods, led by Mr. Wednesday, represent the traditional biblical and mythological deities; the New Gods reflect modern society’s worship of technology, media, celebrity, money, and drugs. American Gods follows Shadow Moon, a recently released ex-con acting as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, as they travel around the country gathering the Old Gods and preparing for war.
Gillian has been cast as Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods. Media functions as the public face and sales representative of the New Gods; she takes the form of various iconic celebrities. She feeds off of the attention that people give to their screens — their laptops, their televisions, their smartphones. She’s a perky spokesperson, always in control, and like a lot of mainstream media outlets, spins stories in the direction that best suits her.
American Gods writer and showrunner Bryan Fuller previously worked with Gillian on NBC’s Hannibal, on which Gillian starred as Bedelia Du Maurier. Filming on American Gods started in March and will continue until approximately September. No airdate has been set as of right now, but it is expected to hit screens sometime in 2017.
Previously this year, Gillian returned to her iconic role as Dana Scully on The X-Files reboot. She also starred in the BBC miniseries War and Peace as Anna Pavlovna Scherer. She and co-star Jamie Dornan will be back for the third and final season of The Fall later this year.
Gillian joins a stellar cast, including Ricky Whittle (Shadow), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Cloris Leachman, and Peter Stormare.
I’ve been pretty excited for American Gods since the project was announced; I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s books and American Gods is one of those that just stays with you. Every time someone awesome gets cast, it just makes me even more excited!
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Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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