Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ TV adaptation has cast its Shadow Moon

Ricky Whittle has been cast as Shadow in the TV series of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' on Starz.

Ricky Whittle has been cast as Shadow in the TV series of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ on Starz.

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The long-awaited “American Gods” series on Starz has finally cast the character Shadow Moon. Let the great battle of the gods begin!

The popular Americana-meets-mythology work by author Neil Gaiman, “American Gods” is currently being adapted for a TV series. And today Starz revealed its lead. Actor Ricky Whittle will play the reserved protagonist Shadow Moon. Fans of the series “The 100" may remember Whittle from his role as Lincoln.

Gaiman’s “American Gods” novel is set in the present day and centers around the brewing battle between the crop of new, modern-day gods and the dwindling old gods. In Gaiman’s world mythological deities are very real but as time passes, and the worship wanes, the old gods grow weaker. As new monuments of celebration and devotion arise (such as technology or celebrity), new gods grow in size and power.

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Main character Shadow Moon is an ex-con, working as a bodyguard to one of the older gods, Mr. Wednesday (an incarnation of the Norse god Odin). Shadow Moon is a character of few words, but big on action.

Gaiman commented via press announcement on Whittle’s casting: “I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. ‘American Gods’ is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

The driving forces behind the Starz series, Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”) and Michael Green (“Kings”), also released a joint statement addressing the fan base: “We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”

Now the rest of the gods just need to be cast; fingers crossed that “The Technical Boy"(the godly incarnation of technology) is something wickedly clever. “American Gods” will begin shooting in April.