Gillian Anderson Joins ‘American Gods’ on Starz

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Gillian Anderson has joined Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,” Variety has learned.

Anderson will play Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens — to their laptops, their TVs, to their iPhones in their hands while they watch their TVs. Ever the perky spokesperson, and always in control, she spins stories in whatever direction best suits her.

The casting marks a reunion between Anderson and “American Gods” executive producer Bryan Fuller — the two previously collaborated on NBC’s “Hannibal.”

In addition to “Hannibal,” Anderson recently returned to her iconic role as Dana Scully in Fox’s revival of “The X-Files,” which premiered in January, and will next be seen in the third and final season of crime thriller “The Fall,” which will air later this year.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Fuller and Michael Green are writers and showrunners. David Slade is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project, and FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

The plot of “American Gods” posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of 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 (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman with personal ties to the battle between the deities.

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  1. More and more fun with this film – so glad this is becoming a reality. But you know… the book is always going to be better! LOL!

  2. Carmelo says:

    Storyline wise, this sounds pretty insane….say compared to the same network that cancelled the much more grounded and hilarious “Party Down.”

  3. Bud Norton says:

    I’m assuming Gaiman is ok with it.

  4. Frank Izaguirre says:

    American Gods was a great book. Glad to see it making it’s way to a the screen.

  5. tlsnyder42 says:

    AG is one of the worst novels I ever read. Extremely boring. Also, historically false. The writer refers to a story about a Norse god who dies on a tree, but this Norse myth was actually invented AFTER the Bible was written, including passages in the Old Testament about the sacrificial death and resurrection of the Messiah, and AFTER Jesus Christ and AFTER the letters of Luke, Paul, John, and Peter.

    • Terence Hui says:

      It was only ‘boring’ to you because you’re stuck on the Christian myth. Which, by the way, stole the resurrection myth from pagan beliefs. Horus, Buddha, Mithra, Krishna, Osiris were all resurrection myths that parallel the Jesus/Christ myth. And all of those were far before Jesus was alive.

      Christianity was one of the first religions that actually started to sell itself better than the others of the time. In fact, Mithraism was basically identical except for the fact that you could not ask for forgiveness for your sins. You’d burn in Hell for just about anything. So we add in the idea that you can be ‘saved’.

      Well played.

      Humans are so stupid and predictable it’s almost worth pitying.

    • Praise Horus says:

      Have you heard the word of Horus

    • pandyc says:

      I thought you said you’d read it? Gods thrive on belief, not fact.

    • Ever heard of artistic liberties?

      • Mike Mangan says:

        So I guess the letters of Luke, John and Paul are considered sacred texts now… I had not heard?

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