Texas Rising’s Crispin Glover and Kingdom’s Jonathan Tucker to play key roles in Starz’s American Gods.
We have more casting news on the American Gods front as Crispin Glover (History Channel’s Texas Rising, Back to the Future) has been signed on to play Mr. World, while Jonathan Tucker (DirectTV’s Kingdom, FX’s Justified) will be playing Low-Key Lyesmith, someone who is described as “wiry and fast-talking, with an offbeat sense of humor.”
WARNING: *spoilers ahead*
There’s a connection between these two characters, as Low-Key is revealed in the book to be a certain mischievous Norse god, while Mr. World, leader of the New Gods and described as “sometimes more challenged by his own subordinates than his enemies,” is also a version of Loki.
Being that we’re dealing with mythology, this should not be unusual. And should make some seriously awesome fantasy drama.
Glover and Tucker join a cast that includes Ricky Whittle as Shadow, Emily Browning as Laura, Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technology Boy, and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday.
The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.