The mythological creatures who immigrated with our ancestors still walk among us, and boy, are they pissed. Maybe this will calm them down. Finally, there’s news about Starz’s highly anticipated TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s much-loved modern-day, epic mythology, American Gods. After the announcement that the show was being developed by Gaiman and television veterans Bryan Fuller and Michael Green in 2014, fans have been waiting with bated breath for any information about the project. Well, on January 28, it was announced that Ricky Whittle, of The CW’s The 100, has been cast as the lead in American Gods.
Whittle, who is also known for his performances in Austenland (2013) and British soap Hollyoaks, will play Shadow Moon, the novel’s mysterious, taciturn protagonist, as he gets pulled into a conflict between gods from ancient myth and their modern-day counterparts. Fans have already shown an outpouring of support for the book-accurate casting decision, especially in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite backlash and the inexplicable casting of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, which have been in the news recently.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 28, 2016
It’s funny that fans have to be thankful for television casting decisions that are book-accurate, but either way, we’re super excited for American Gods to take off. Ricky Whittle is going to be a fantastic lead, and we can’t wait to see who else gets cast as development moves forward! You can read more about Whittle and American Gods at Variety.