Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods‘ goes into production this week so it is a good thing they’ve finished rounding out the cast by adding four more actors to the roster. We’ve just learned that Cloris Leachman (‘The Muppet Movie’,’Malcolm in the Middle’), Peter Stormare (‘Prison Break’,’The Big Lebowski’), Chris Obi (‘Snow White and the Huntsman’,’The Counselor’), and Mousa Kraish (‘Superbad’,’The Day the Earth Stood Still’) are all officially on board! Showrunner Bryan Singer had already put together an all star cast and these actors are clearly just the cherry on top. With filming having begun now we have the long wait ahead of us for the first trailer and eventually the series to be released!

Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Mousa Kraish
From L to R: Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, and Mousa Kraish

In ‘American Gods’ we’ll see Leachman tackling the part of Zorya Vechernyaya who is the oldest of the three sisters who watch over the constellations while guarding mankind from the horrors which have been long forgotten. The three sisters were once considered royalty and with a world no longer remembering them, let alone worshiping them, their lives have changed from the one that they were once accustomed to.

Stormare is the Slavic God of Darkness named Czernobog. He is quite evil and is unsure if he wants to commit to the upcoming war as he doesn’t trust Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday.

Obi has probably my favorite role as I’m a huge fan of Egyptian mythology. He is going to play Anubis, the God of the Dead who guides mortals who have crossed over as their souls are judged.

Finally, Kraish is going to play , who is a creature of fire. He understands a person’s desires better than they do and does not want to be involved in the war. In fact he is considering fleeing America to avoid being caught up on it.

Which of these casting choices are you most excited about? Share your thoughts 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.

Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!