Ricky Whittle will play Shadow Moon in the new series American Gods. In the past, he has acted in several literary-themed projects including The 100 series and the Austenland movie.
Starz and FremantleMedia North America plan to begin shooting this adaptation in April 2016. Neil Gaiman, the author behind the novel, will not only serve as an executive producer, but also a screenwriter.
Here’s more from the press release: “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.”