Well, look who the coin revived: Starz’s upcoming adaptation of American Gods has cast Australian actress Emily Browning in the key role of Laura Moon, the network announced Thursday.
In Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel, Laura is the wife of Shadow Moon (played by The 100‘s Ricky Whittle), a convict who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner for a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane).
The official character description says that Laura “has been preparing for her husband’s pending prison release. Little does she know that she will go on an unexpected journey that leads her to an epiphany about her relationship and affords her a second chance to get things right.”
In a statement, Gaiman said he’s been a fan of Browning’s since she played Violet Baudelaire in the 2004 film A Series of Unfortunate Events. “She has a challenge ahead of her,” he added. “Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She’s going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life.”
Per Starz, the Bryan Fuller/Michael Green-led series will begin production in April.
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