Jesus has just joined Bryan Fuller‘s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s ‘American Gods‘ for Starz… that is, Jeremy Davies (‘Lost’,’Saving Private Ryan’) taking on the role of the Christian figure. The inclusion of Jesus will be a slight change from the novel as while he was mentioned in the original text he never actually appeared. However, from his official description, it sounds like it’ll be quite the entertaining appearance and possibly a brief one at that.
When showing up he is described as:
Resurrected on Ostara’s feast day, Jesus has always been generous in sharing the Easter holiday with the ancient goddess. But the overly empathetic Son of God would be crushed to know that Ostara harbors some deeply buried resentment over the issue.
It sounds like there might be a slight disagreement here and almost makes me wonder how long this resurrection is going to last. Gaiman actually almost did include Jesus in the book and you have to wonder if this is the scene that he was going to be in. Here’s what Gaiman had to say back in 2011 about it:
Jesus actually did turn up in a scene which I cut, as it just didn’t work, but I figured a book about American Religion was not the book I wanted to write, which was about American Belief, so I let some things go…
Davies has a ton of great acting experience behind him and I think he’s going to nail the role, with however they have him play it.
What do you think about ‘American Gods’ introducing Jesus? Do you think that he’ll be a main character at all or just show up briefly? Share your thoughts below!
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