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Gillian Anderson Joins American Gods

Bryan Fuller's upcoming adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods is shaping up to have quite the cast. Up until now, the casting announcements for the series (including Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, and Pablo Schrieber as Mad Sweeney) have all been actors who have not worked on any previous Fuller television projects- quite the departure for Fuller, who tends to reuse many of the same actors for his different projects. But with today's news that Gillian Anderson (The X-Files and Fuller's Hannibal) will be taking on the role of Media, one of the new American gods in the novel's title, everything is now right in the Fuller universe. [caption id="attachment_71288" align="aligncenter" width="600"]HANNIBAL -- "Antipasto" Episode 301 -- Pictured: Gillian Anderson as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier -- (Photo by: Brooke Palmer/NBC) HANNIBAL -- "Antipasto" Episode 301 -- Pictured: Gillian Anderson as Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier -- (Photo by: Brooke Palmer/NBC)[/caption] American Gods tells the story of the struggle between the gods from the old world (those brought to America by immigrants over time) and the new American gods of Media, Technology, and other modern instruments. Joining Anderson on the side of the new gods will be Crispin Glover as Mister World and Bruce Langley as Technical Boy. Rounding out the old gods will be Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Peter Stomare as Czernobog, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, and Chris Obi as Mr. Jacquel. Additional casting is expected to continue being announced as it occurs. The series is currently shooting in Toronto, with a premiere of early 2017 expected.          


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