American Gods is already shaping up to be one of the biggest TV events of next year.
It’s now been revealed that Lost actor Jeremy Davies has been cast as Jesus (yes, that one) in the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult novel.
The story revolves around a petty criminal, Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle), who becomes embroiled in a war between the old gods – brought to America by centuries of immigration – and new ones such as media and technology.
The casting offers an interesting clue as to what direction the show may tale the storyline in, as the Son of God doesn’t make much of an appearance in the book.
His description relates to another character, Ostara the German goddess of Easter (played in the show by Kristin Chenoweth). It states: “Resurrected on Ostara’s feast day, Jesus has always been generous in sharing the Easter holiday with the ancient goddess. But the overly empathetic Son of God would be crushed to know that Ostara harbours some deeply buried resentment over the issue.”
The team behind the series have previously stated that they plan to delve further in the individual gods’ stories than the book originally did, creating lots of potential for new sub-plots and spin-offs.
As well as Whittle and Chenoweth, Davies will be joining a cast that includes Ian McShane, Gillian Anderson, Pablo Schreiber, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Jonathan Tucker, Corbin Bernsen, Demore Barnes, Mousa Kraish, Chris Obi, and Omid Abtahi.
American Gods will debut on Starz early next year.