Gillian Anderson, our very own Dana Scully from the X-Files fame, is all set to play the role of Media in the new upcoming Starz series of American Gods. This series is said to be an adaptation of British author Neil Gaiman’s critically-acclaimed novel.
The character of Media as described by Cultbox states:
“[T]he mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities.
“Described as ‘perky’ and ‘always in control’, the character 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.”
Along with Gillian, we can see actor Ricky Whittle cast as the Shadow Moon in this series. Neil apparently said – “I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking the world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be coming to America.”
Emily Browning, from the movie Sucker Punch fame, would also be seen in this series as Laura Moon.
Neil on Emily – “I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since A Series Of Unfortunate Events. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She’s going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life”.
Ian McShane from the fame of Game of Thrones would be cast as Mr. Wednesday in this TV adaptation of the novel. He would play a mysterious figure who recruits powerful beings for the war between the old gods and the new.
Neil on Ian McShane – “When you write a beloved character (beloved with, or despite, or because of all his faults) like Mr. Wednesday, you get to watch the Internet trying to cast the role. I’ve seen a hundred names suggested, but few make me grin like Ian McShane does. I’ve already been lucky enough to have him in one film (he was bright blue in it, animated, and probably Polish). Now I count myself even luckier: he’s made the journey from Lovejoy to American Gods. Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.”