Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed modern fantasy novel American Gods has had a difficult journey to adaptation, but now fans of the book will finally get to see it brought to life in a TV series on Starz, created by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes). The TV show follows ex-convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) as he is released from prison on the day he finds out that his wife Laura (Emily Browning) is dead, along with his best friend Robbie (Dane Cook), and he has no one left in the world.
Shadow isn’t left drifting for long however, as he runs into an enigmatic man called Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who offers him a rather strange job. Soon Shadow finds himself on a road trip across America, encountering the once-great but since-fallen old gods, and thrown into their war against America’s new gods.
The very first trailer for American Gods has now debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, emphasizing Shadow’s relationships with Laura and Mr. Wednesday, but also offering plenty of glimpses of the other gods (and non-gods) that audiences can expect to see. There’s a shot of Bilquis, the Goddess of Love (Yetide Badaki), who has perhaps one of the most memorable introductions in the book. We also see the inimitable Peter Stormare as Czernobog, a god who specializes in hitting cows (and occasionally people) on the head with his mighty sledgehammer.
Between the excellent source material, the stellar behind-the-scenes talent and the great actors lined up for American Gods (the cast also includes Gillian Anderson as Media, one of the new gods, along with Pablo Schreiber and Crispin Glover), this show is set to be one of the must-see new series of 2017. The past few years have seen a wellspring of sci-fi, fantasy and superhero drama on TV, and American Gods looks all set to continue that trend.
Screen Rant is at Comic-Con right now, so stay tuned for more news and perhaps even an interview with some of the talent of American Gods. You can also see the latest news from the convention at the San Diego Comic-Con archive page. If you’re a fan of Gaiman’s novel, let us know in the comments what you think of this trailer, and what your hopes are for the TV series.
American Gods is expected to air on Starz in 2017.