American Gods star Orlando Jones thinks the new Starz series, the eight-episode adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed 2001 novel of the same name, has the potential to expand with spin-offs similar to the way Arrow has done on The CW or how Marvel has with the Netflix corner and build out its own shared universe.
The series follows Shadow (Ricky Whittle), an ex-convict who returns home to Indiana for his wife’s funeral and meets the mysterious con-man Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). Shadow then finds himself in the middle of a confrontation between mythological Old Gods and New Gods who seduce the old believers with money, fame, and technology.
Jones himself plays Mr. Nancy, an old African trickster god also known as Anansi, and one of Mr. Wednesday’s oldest confidantes.
At the recent press roundtable for the series, Jones explained to Screen Rant that due to the characters he feels the show has the opportunity to be a platform to launch other shows that could exist in a more cohesive world than the shared universes established on television already:
“There are so many other characters in this show that I think can spin into their own worlds where they’re doing their things and also come back into this world. We’ve obviously seen that a lot on Netflix now where there’s Luke Cage and all these characters in Daredevil are all interchanging with each other’s worlds. This seems like an opportunity to do it even more so in a way that’s I think even a tad more authentic because we all were born of a very specific universe. That’s what I hope happens, I hope we all find ourselves in these different universes up against each other.”
So what do you think? Are you excited for American Gods? Do you think the show has the potential
The series also stars Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Jonathan Tucker, Crispin Glover, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Mousa Kraish, Gillian Anderson, Omid Abtahi, Demore Barnes, Dane Cook, Kristin Chenoweth, Corbin Bernsen, Jeremy Davies and Beth Grant. Here’s the official synopsis:
American Gods posits a different kind of war brewing—one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.
American Gods premieres this Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.
Source: Screen Rant
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