We’re one step closer to getting the casting line up for the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning ‘American Gods‘ as Emily Browning (‘Sucker Punch‘, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’) has joined the cast! More of her work has been on the big screen so this will be her first return to the small screen since 2002 when ‘Blue Heelers’ had come to an end. She’s come quite a way since that time though I do have to say that this role is just about perfect for her. So far we know that she’ll be sharing screen time with
Most of her work lately has been on the big screen and this will be her first return to the small screen since 2002 when ‘Blue Heelers’ had come to an end. She’s come quite a way since that time though I do have to say that this role is just about perfect for her. So far we know that she’ll be sharing screen time with Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon.
On the series, Emily will be playing Shadow Moon’s wife, a woman who has been preparing for her husband’s pending prison release. Little does she know that she will go on an unexpected journey that leads her to an epiphany about her relationship and affords her a second chance to get things right.
That description is about as vague as it can be as any more specifics would truly ruin some of the surprises in store for anyone who hasn’t read the book.
Gaiman isn’t just on board with the casting but seems quite thrilled as he has become a fan of Browning’s work over the years:
“I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She’s going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life.”
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green agree saying:
“You don’t need a magical coin when you have Emily Browning. She brings a fascinating spark of life to every role she inhabits and we are tickled she will be lighting up Laura Moon and bringing her to life in more ways than one on American Gods.”
I truly think that Emily could be a great fit for the character and can’t wait to see how important her role on the series could be compared to the novel.
Are you looking forward to ‘American Gods’? Without spoilers, do you think that Emily will be able to embody the role of Laura Moon? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of 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.