AMERICAN GODS casts their Mr. Nancy, Mr. Ibis, and Salim

“Sleepy Hollow” star Orlando Jones will be Mr. Nancy, plus two more for Mr. Ibis and Salim in American Gods!

Entertainment Weekly released the regarding American Gods casting news earlier today that storyteller Mr. Nancy will be played by Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) and story keeper Mr. Ibis will be played by Demore Barnes (12 Monkeys).

Jones (Sleepy Hollow) will play Mr. Nancy on the show, one of the gods Shadow meets – and, arguably, befriends – during his visit to the House on the Rock, a.k.a. the American landmark where the gods assemble. Nancy is the human form of the West African trickster god Anansi, who is classically depicted as a spider and has a penchant for telling stories. (He’s got a great one about a Tiger and a Monkey, if you ever need him to warm up a crowd.)

Mr. Nancy is also in Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys novel, as it is about the character’s two sons.

Barnes’ role in the series will be that of Mr. Ibis, a funeral parlor worker who is fascinated with death.  He’s also “the keeper of stories, past and present, and he recounts them with great relish.”  He takes Shadow (played by Ricky Whittle) under his wing for a time.

The day before, Deadline announced the addition of Omid Abtahi for the role of Salim, “a sweet, sad, and put-upon foreigner who is one half of a pair of star-crossed lovers.”

Omid Abtahi | Image credit: Greene & Assoc.
Omid Abtahi | Image credit: Greene & Assoc.

American Gods tells the story of an ex-con named Shadow (Ricky Whittle) who gets released from prison and, thanks to the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), finds himself caught up in a war of worship between old, immigrant gods whose power has diminished over generations and America’s new deities of technology and consumerism.


By Molly

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