The Gods are coming, and they are not content.
Fans of Neil Gaiman’s iconic novel American Gods were treated today to the first full-length trailer for the upcoming Starz series of the same name, set to premiere in 2017.
The trailer was shown at San Diego Comic Con, where author Neil Gaiman, executive producers Brian Fuller and Michael Green, and a selection of the show’s cast sat on the show’s first-ever panel, where it was also announced that Kristen Chenowith has been cast for the role of Easter.
Gaiman has been actively involved in the show’s production from the beginning, leading many fans to hope that the much-anticipated series will live up to its name.
For those of you who haven’t compulsively read and reread the book for years, American Gods centers on the battle between two camps of gods vying for power and control—gods of the Old World who were brought to America in the hearts and minds of immigrants and whose power is on the wane, pitted against the new pantheon of gods given to rise via our modern obsessions with the internet, media, and celebrity. The novel won Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker awards in 2002 and has a dedicated, devout following.
Caught up in this conflict between immense powers that be is the man Shadow (Ricky Whittle), who emerges from prison to find that his wife, Laura (Emily Browning) has died. The trailer also gives us a glimpse at the first meeting between Shadow and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane.) We also catch glimpses of Yetide Badaki’s Bilquis, Bruce Langley’s Technical Boy, Crispin Glover’s Mr. World, and Peter Stormare as the terrifying, hammer-wielding Czernobog.
Will we believe again? With a trailer like this, I’m willing to find out.