American Gods is filling out its pantheon. The Starz series, an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel produced by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, is set to begin shooting in April. The network announced on Wednesday that three more key roles have been cast in the series, to complement stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, and Emily Browning.
Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) will play Mad Sweeney, a down-on-his-luck leprechaun allied with McShane’s Mr. Wednesday. In the novel, Sweeney provides Whittle’s magic trick-loving Shadow Moon with a magical coin that ends up having all kinds of unintended effects.
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Yetide Badaki (Masters of Sex) will play Bilquis, an ancient goddess of love who numbers among the pantheon of old gods Shadow and Wednesday try to recruit in their struggle against the newer generation of gods. Speaking of whom, TV newcomer Bruce Langley will play Technical Boy, one of those new gods with a mastery over modern technology. Given Fuller’s love of metafictive storytelling (see Hannibal), it’s possible that the presence of a TV god in a modern TV show will not go unremarked-upon.