American Gods Trailer Video Starz

American Gods: Watch First Trailer for Starz's Neil Gaiman Adaptation

Thank whatever deity you believe in, because at long last Starz has released the first footage from its upcoming American Gods.

Shadow Moon (played by The 100‘s Ricky Whittle) is front-and-center in the trailer, which was shown at the fantasy drama’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Who else pops up in the clip? The mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane), the mysterious Laura (Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning) and many other heavenly bodies.

Also: coin tricks! “Puppy!” The gold on the grave! Mr. Wednesday on an airplane! Shadow snow! The tree!

Based on the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, the series is about a brewing war between the old and new gods; the old crew feels upstaged by the newbies, who reflect modern society’s obsession with money, drugs, celebrities, etc.The 100‘s Ricky Whittle stars as Shadow Moon, an ex-con who becomes the bodyguard of Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane), an old god who seeks to build an army to take down the new regime.

Press PLAY on the video below to get your first taste of the Bryan Fuller-Michael Green adaptation, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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  1. Dave says:

    I m so confused lol

  2. Daniel snow says:

    I’ll check it out. I have to admit that I did read part of the book but didn’t finish it. I just put it down and never picked it back up, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s a bad book it just didn’t keep my attention. So I’m going to check out the show and see if I can stay interested.

  3. ScottJ says:

    Now that looks VERY impressive. I read the book ages ago and don’t remember much of it, but I’m not sure I ever realized who Wednesday really was.

  4. Mark D. Moss says:

    I’m extremely excited! I’m a huge fan of Gaiman (since his Sandman days), and have read American Gods several times, and *loved* the 10th Anniversary full-cast audio book, too. (Which, btw, added a whole additional layer of “side stories” on the theme, that enriched an already masterful main arc, imo.) He’s a true, and quite original, master of fantasy and horror … always finding a beautiful way to incorporate traditional myth and folklore into a quite inventive and uniquely new twist on the story.

    The casting plays even better in the clip than I would have hoped. And I trust Brian Fuller to ride that edge of Gaiman’s mix, keeping it just bright enough without making it campy (something that made the Stardust *movie* a lot weaker than I had hoped). Bring it on!

    P.S. While you’re waiting, dig up the BBC special “Neverwhere.” While low-budget (think 1980s Dr. Who), It’s a fantastic story of a bored accountant who gets dragged into a fantasy world that thrives throughout the London underground … unbeknownst to normal society living above. Gaiman wrote it as a TV screen play, then *after* adapted it to a book. Really fun 3-ish hours.