American Gods has found its Shadow Moon. The 100‘s Lincoln, actor Ricky Whittle, will take the title role.
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is in the hands of Starz, Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and now Ricky Whittle. Announced today, Starz confirmed that Whittle will join American Gods, taking on the lead role of ex-con, Shadow Moon.
Gaiman noted that Whittle’s audition earned his support. Gaiman said, “I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a 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. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”
And what fun it will be. Gaiman’s monster novel American Gods is anything but a tame tale. Shadow joins Mr. Wednesday on a journey to collect the American manifestations of, you guessed it, Old Gods. The Old Gods must rally to take on the New American Gods — the Internet, modern transportation, etc. With plenty of Gods left to be cast, we await the announcement of who will be chosen for the roles of Mr. Wednesday, Mr. World, and many others.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green added their support of Whittle saying, “We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”
American Gods is set to shoot in April of this year, yet the timing of the casting announcement has lead to some speculation about Whittle’s other role on The 100. Is Lincoln’s life in jeopardy? Weigh in and let us know your thoughts!
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