On Tuesday, Starz announced March 2016 as the beginning of their production timeline on the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed urban fantasy novel, American Gods.
The ambitious story will focus on the tumultuous relationship between humanity’s “old Gods” and “new Gods,” under the premise that every deity from the dawn of time until the present are alive, and walk among us in human form. The series picks up immediately before a massive conflict between the scorned old Gods of ancient mythology, and the new Gods, who reflect society’s modern infatuation with money, power and glamour.
In June, we reported Starz’s pick-up of the series as a project spearheaded by the former mastermind behind Hannibal, Bryan Fuller, and Heroes‘ Michael Green. Neil Gaiman will fill the role of executive producer, and has agreed to write a few episodes of the series, including original material he omitted from the novel.
With an impressive production lineup already set in stone, the only thing holding American Gods back from production is casting, particularly for the story’s hero, Shadow Moon, an ex-con traveling across America alongside Norse God, Odin, while he prepares for the impending cosmic battle.
According to The Guardian, casting director Lucy Bevan, responsible for the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Maleficent, among other credits, will be adding American Gods to her repertoire. Her top priority, of course, is finding a Shadow Moon who matches Gaiman’s vision as closely as possible.
The casting call for the part reads: “Lucy Bevan is looking to cast the lead role of Shadow, male, early to mid 30s, American, black/mixed race/North African in appearance. An ex-con with a quiet intellect and a lithe, powerful frame. This series contains adult content.”
Bevan’s application deadline for the role of Shadow Moon is September 4, at which time casting will commence. When Shadow Moon and his supporting cast are chosen, presumably by the March 2016 timeline, filming is set to begin.