Here’s something American Gods fans are sure to… love.
Starz on Monday released the first official photo of Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, an ancient goddess of love who “craves the worship she inspired in eras long gone — and is eager to find that same relevance in today’s world.”
Based on the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel, Starz’ upcoming series centers around 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.
Additional stars include Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Media, Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom), Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black) as Mad Sweeney and Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope) as Zorya Vechernyaya.
American Gods is being developed for Starz by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Heroes, Everwood).
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