When you think Easter, you must now think Kristin Chenoweth.
The Tony and Emmy-winning actress has joined the cast of Starz’s upcoming adaptation of American Gods, which premieres on the network in 2017. Chenoweth reunites with Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, who serves as executive producer on the series along with Michael Green (and Neil Gaiman, who penned the 2001 novel that serves as the show’s source material).
Chenoweth will play Easter, one of the old gods whom Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) attempts to recruit for the looming war between the old, ancient gods (whose worship in the country is waning) and the new ones (like those who feed on our obsession with media and technology).
Easter is unlike the others she’s being asked to assist, though. The old gods are all struggling for recognition from a fading generation of believers, but Easter doesn’t suffer from any lack of public persona and devotion. As far as this holiday is concerned, she’s alive and well and wants nothing to do with a particularly un-festive war.
As a character on the series, Easter may also demand a particularly interesting depiction. Gaiman’s novel doesn’t necessarily dive into Christianity, but in an interview last November, Fuller acknowledged that figures like Jesus may factor into the show, which throws a unique wrench into what Chenoweth’s character’s version of Easter will really mean.
During Friday’s panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con, Chenoweth quipped, “Easter is very, very pissed that Jesus took her holiday.”
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