American Gods Crispin Glover Cast Mr. World

American Gods Adds Crispin Glover, Kingdom's Jonathan Tucker

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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23 Comments
  1. Rob says:

    But the twist is that he’ll be replaced by Jeffrey Weissman wearing Crispin Glover prosthetics in Seson 2 and no one will know the difference.

  2. Gaberille says:

    I haven’t read the book yet so here’s my question: are there any female gods in AG? I mean Amy Acker isn’t much busy with anything now and she would make an amazing Goddess. One gorgeous dangerous, quality Goddess.

    • John May says:

      There is a goddess (named Bilquis) near the beginning that eats a male client using her, um, body part, while they have sex. AA might be pretty good for that role? They could probably find a role for her somewhere since she kicks ass in all ways.

      • Gaberille says:

        Ugh now I don’t want to think about reading AG anymore. Yep Acker deserves something much better I agree she’s too awesome to waste her talent on something like this.

        Thanks for the info, much appreciated. :)

        • Jordan Strummer says:

          There’s actually more female gods than that in the story, although none are huge roles (most of the gods aren’t big parts) also, Bilquis doing that…thing… ties into her role as a God which is based on actual historical beliefs

          • Gaberille says:

            Okay I’m reading the book :) but I’m not sure I want to see AA playing another minor role she really needs something better and more significant than this.

          • John May says:

            The problem, if it is a problem, is that many of the Goddesses in the book are from the “old lands” such as the middle east. I personally wouldn’t mind her being cast in one of those roles, but it could be a sensitive issue. Now, they might try to find a “new” goddess role for her, one that comes the North American or European Zeitgeist.

    • Jennifer says:

      There are a handful, I think she’d fit well as Easter. I think Bilquis, mentioned by John May, has already been cast.

  3. Bwhit says:

    What does this mean for Kingdom? Jay Kulina is one of the best parts of the show!

  4. Scott21 says:

    Wow, that’s a huge spoiler in the article! I have read the books, but you just ruined a really bg twist of the plot who haven’t read it

    • Alex says:

      I’ve never read the book, but I can’t imagine it was that big of a twist. In a book about Gods and mythology, a character named Low-Key turning out to be Loki would be like a character named Hey-Dees turning out to be Hades or Owe-Den turning out to be Odin…

    • Tai says:

      There is literally a part where it says spoiler alert. If you read past the part where it says not to read, well then you get what you deserved. I really don’t understand how anyone can complain about spoilers when there is a warning about spoilers at the top of the article. Anyone who hasn’t read and was concerned about spoilers probably stopped reading after that part.

    • Sara says:

      Good thing they put a huge SPOILER ALERT statement then, huh?

  5. Sara says:

    Perfect casting for both! I am so excited at how this is coming together.

  6. e. says:

    Do we have any sense of when this will hit the air?

  7. Jann says:

    Even with the spoiler caveat, you put too much crucial to the plot information in this post!!! Not for me, I’ve read the book. But have some heart for those who haven’t. Don’t tell them the whole plot before they have seen it!!!!

    • rinaex says:

      Then, again, they should heed the spoiler warning. Always assume you will learn everything about a show when you see it, and proceed with caution.