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American Gods - Ricky Whittle Cast as Lead

28 Jan 2016

Thanks to Spindae2 for the heads up.

After a lengthy casting process, British actor Ricky Whittle (The 100) has been cast as Shadow Moon in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht and American Gods executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green had repeatedly stressed the importance and challenge of finding the right actor to play the lead character in the adaptation because of Shadow’s unique heritage and look in the books (I hear the prototype was younger Dwayne Johnson). Whittle was among the actors who tested for the role last September. Starz held onto him while exploring other options, there were more testings and retestings until Whittle was cast.

With Shadow Moon set, the series will begin shooting in April. A number of scripts have already been written, and Albrecht said at TCA earlier this month that the network brass are happy with what they have read so far.