Starz used its Comic Con panel this afternoon to offer a first look at its upcoming TV series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel “American Gods”.
The story centers on a war brewing between the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots who are losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.
It has also been announced that Kristin Chenoweth has joined the cast of the series as one of the old Gods named Ostara, the goddess of Spring. She’s now renamed herself Easter and embraces the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies associated with the holiday in an effort to stay relevant.
The new trailer puts the focus on ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who becomes the bodyguard of Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a con man who is actually one of the old Gods who is gathering his troops in preparation for a battle with the new deities.
The cast also includes Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith, Gillian Anderson as Media, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy and Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya.
Production on the ten-episode first season is currently underway in Toronto ahead of a 2017 debut.