Starz‘s pantheon of American Gods is starting to take shape, with the series adaptation of author/executive producer Neil Gaiman‘s celebrated novel having cast three major roles as it continues production on season 2. John Wick‘s Dean Winters is set to play Mr. Town; while Devery Jacobs (Cardinal) has been cast as Sam Black Crow, and Kahyun Kim (Shameless) is on board as New Media. Kim’s character is replacing Gillian Anderson‘s Media, who decided to not return to the series after the first season.
With Hannibal‘s Jesse Alexander serving as its showrunner and an expected early/mid-2019 return, American Gods has some new players in play that will definitely complicate Shadow’s (Ricky Whittle) journey of self and spiritual discovery. Winters’s brutally efficient and precise Mr. Town is tasked by Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to learn what Shadow knows about Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) plan. First Nations actor Jacobs is college student Sam Black Crow: a spiritually cynical young woman who lives her life with fierce confidence and openness, selling her chainsaw art by the roadside for extra money. Kim’s New Media is the goddess of global content: a cyberspace chameleon and master manipulator.
Winters is set to star opposite David Spade (P.C.U.) in Netflix film Graduate and indie film Shotgun, with Sasha Lane and Marisa Tomei. Born and raised in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Jacobs debuted in the 2013 film Aila and recently completed production on The Road Behind. South Korean actress Kim appeared in The Mysteries of Laura and Austin & Ally and can next be seen in Disney’s upcoming Freaky Friday reboot. The trio join Timeless‘s Sakina Jaffrey, who was announced last month as Hindu war goddess Mama-Ji: a waitress at the Motel America, her necklace of skulls, acerbic wit and free spirit make her a match for any mighty god or man.
Gaiman, Alexander, McShane, FMNA’s Stefanie Berk, Craig Cegielski and Scott Hornbacher serve as series executive producers; with second-season premiere director Chris Byrne (Hannibal, Star Trek: Discovery) co-executive producing alongside Heather Bellson and Rodney Barnes. Lisa Kussner produces; with FremantleMedia North America as the studio.
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