Finally! The first live action trailer for American Gods has been released at Comic Con. The Starz panel, which included several of the cast members, the producers, showrunners/writers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and the man himself, Neil Gaiman, also included the announcement that Kristin Chenoweth was announced as landing the role of Easter, the goddess formerly known as Ostara, the goddess of spring.
Fans of Neil Gaiman have been hoping and waiting for American Gods to make the jump to the small screen for years. It’s a wish that has been long desired and talked about but never realized until now. Thanks to Starz and Freemantle Media, the critically acclaimed book will become a cable TV series with 10 episodes planned for the first season.
From what little has been revealed in the trailer, it looks as if the show will follow the plot of the book fairly closely. At least in the beginning. It reveals quick glimpses of a few well known characters including Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and his wife Laura (Emily Browning), Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber), Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) and of course Mr. Wednesday played by Ian McShane. Bryan Fuller has stated in an interview with Crave Online that there are possible plans for American Gods to be “a kind of Marvel Universe, not with superheroes but with gods… As detailed and integrated as the Marvel Universe is, and doing that with deities is something that excited all of us.” This means that not only is there a possibility of more than one season, but that the American Gods story could spin off in interesting new directions down the line.
For those new to American Gods, the story is about Shadow, a convicted ex-con who’s wife and best friend are killed just days before his release. On his way home he meets an enigmatic stranger who offers him a job which propels Shadow into an unknown and bizarre world. American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and is the recipient of several awards including a Hugo and Nebula Award for Best Novel.
The show is set to be released in 2017 on Starz.