Plus: Neil Gaiman on ‘amazing’ experience of seeing his story come to life

By Chancellor Agard
July 22, 2016 at 07:42 PM EDT

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When the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic novel American Gods arrives on Starz in 2017, there will be a couple of changes to the story. Executive Producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green — who are having a lot of fun playing with Gaiman’s “toys” — have expanded the roles of several characters in the book and, most interestingly, have added a new dimension to Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) relationship with one of the old gods.

“I get love scenes with [Cloris Leachman]. You can’t often say that,” said Ian McShane in a chat with EW at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. Luckily, Fuller was also in the room to confirm the news.

In the series — which is about the batlte between old gods, whose powers are waining, and the new gods birthed by our worship of technology and media — Leachman plays Zorya Vechernyaya, one of the gods of old who watches over the constellations alongside her two younger sisters.

For Gaiman, watching Fuller and Green have fun with the characters he created almost 15 years ago has been an “amazing” experience. “It’s wonderful,” the English author said. “It’s always amazing when things that just used to leave inside your head take form and take such amazing form.”

He added: “One of the things I love about what Bryan and Michael over there have done is, in the book I had time and space to give Mad Sweeney [Pablo Schreiber] a couple of walk-on parts. He gets to appear and you get to see him at the end. In this, I’m getting to find out what happened to him in all the middle bits.”

Watch the entire interview above to find out more about the series before it airs. And for more American Gods, check out the updated look of Technical Boy, meet the show’s main heroes Shadow and Wednesday, and get to know the villainous new gods.

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