Over this summer hardly a week goes by without some tidbit of American Gods information trickling through from Bryan Fuller’s (Hannibal) adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel of the same name. The more that gets revealed about the Starz television project, the better it looks, and anticipation is now skyrocketing ahead of its premiere next year. Its star-studded cast hasn’t hurt in the slightest, and more and more it’s looking like American Gods may just be the show to beat in 2017.
Like Gaiman’s novel, the show follows Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle (The 100) as he’s drawn into a world of gods both old and new by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, played by Ian McShane (Deadwood). As the world moved on from the gods of yesteryear, new gods—like Gillian Anderson’s (The X-Files) Media and Bruce Langley’s (Deadly Waters) Technical Boy—have risen to take their place, leading to an impending war between gods. The new gods will be squaring off against the likes of Orlando Jones’ (The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) Mr. Nancy and the recently announced Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, whom fans got their first peak at earlier today.
Fuller himself tweeted out the first photo of Chenoweth as Easter in all her pastel glory. While the image doesn't reveal the actress in full, it provides a decent glimpse at what to expect from the character, shown here decked out in an overly fancy, floral headdress like you might see at Easter services each spring.
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) August 24, 2016
That’s par for the course for Easter who, despite being one of the oldest of the old gods, is far less sympathetic to their cause than other old gods. Unlike the rest of the gods, Easter has embraced the changes of humanity, evolving from ancient pagan goddess Eostre, a fertility goddess, into Easter as time moved on. As Easter, humans still celebrate her ancient rites, albeit in new ways, making her a harder sell for Mr. Wednesday and his growing coalition of old gods.
Chenoweth looks more or less perfect in this photo, though admittedly it’s difficult to make that assessment from just an angled headshot. Still, it speaks well to the design motif of the character overall, and her flamboyant nature as goddess of rebirth and fertility. In Gaiman’s novel, Easter is described as having both youthful and aged characteristics, but is beautiful and vivacious either way. That certainly makes Chenoweth a good pick for the look of the part, and she should be able to pull off her eccentric style with ease.
It’s just another reason to get excited for the series, which as of yet has no firm premiere date. As frustrating as that may be for fans, between the official photos released so far and the trailer which premiered at SDCC this summer, there doesn’t appear to be anything to worry about as American Gods makes its way from page to screen. There’s sure to be more information released soon, and we’ll keep you posted on all American Gods news as it’s available.
American Gods is set to premiere sometime in 2017 on Starz.
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