Starz continues to fill out its pantheon of American Gods: Crispin Glover and Jonathan Tucker have joined the upcoming fantasy drama as deities of varying degree, TVLine has learned.
Warning: If you have not read the Neil Gaiman book on which the series is based and do not wish to be spoiled, bail out of this post now.
Tucker (Kingdom) will portray Low-Key Lyesmith, who first shows up in the drama as prison cellmate/philosophical advisor to the story’s protagonist, Shadow (The 100‘s Ricky Whittle). Low-Key is described as “wiry and fast-talking, with an offbeat sense of humor” and someone who “has a theory for everything and gives Shadow some sage advice to ready him for the outside world.
But — and here’s where it gets a little tricky — the character is later revealed in the book to be Norse god Loki, who also shows up in the form of Mr. World, leader of the New Gods. Crispin Glover (Back to the Future, Texas Rising) will play the seemingly omniscient Mr. World, who the official character description says is “sometimes more challenged by his own subordinates than his enemies.”
In the Bryan Fuller/Michael Green-led adaptation of Gaiman’s popular novel, Shadow is a recently released convict who becomes employed by a mysterious figure named Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane). As the two men travel the United States, Shadow becomes aware that a war is imminent between the country’s old gods (think: ancient mythology) and its new ones (think: modern technology) — and that his part in the proceedings has been predestined.
The cast also includes Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Shadow’s wife Laura, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as leprechaun Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as love goddess Bilquis and Bruce Langley as petulant god Technology Boy.
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