Gillian Anderson has joined the cast of Starz’s TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel “American Gods”.
The story follows a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.
Ricky Whittle plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman with personal ties to the battle between the deities – he’s pretty much the leader of the Old Gods.
Anderson will play Media, the perky and always in control mouthpiece for the New Gods, who functions as their public face and sales representative. Taking the form of various iconic celebrities, she lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens. She can also spin stories in whatever direction best suits her.
The project marks a reunion between Anderson and the show’s executive producer Bryan Fuller following their previous collaboration on NBC’s “Hannibal”. She’ll be seen on screens again later this year in the third and final season of “The Fall”. David Slade is directing the pilot and additional episodes.