Starz’s ensemble cast for American Gods only continues to impress – and that’s before the star-studded line-up come together on the small-screen.
Having already recruited the likes of Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle and Orange is the New Black star Pablo Schreiber – in place of Sean Harris, who bowed out due to a scheduling conflict – it’s been revealed today that the series has now tapped The X-Files star Gillian Anderson for the role of Media, mouthpiece of the New Gods that suckles on humanity’s love of technology like a twisted food supply.
Boasting the ability to transform into various celebrity personas at a moment’s notice, Media opens up a multi-faceted role for Anderson, who made a triumphant return to the small-screen earlier in the year via The X-Files revival. Indeed, the actress’ addition to American Gods tees up a reunion with executive producer Bryan Fuller, following the pair’s work on Hannibal.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s celebrated novel of the same name, American Gods is, at its mythic core, a narrative “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.” David Slade is on board to helm the pilot of the adaptation, welcoming a star-studded cast that features Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover as Mr. World and Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith.
Starz will stage its live-action battle of the deities when American Gods enters production later in 2016.