Fans in the rest of the world will have to wait to see how they can watch the show; this distribution deal is just for territories in which Amazon Prime is available. (Netflix, which prefers to buy wholesale global rights, is therefore a less likely option, but still a possibility.) In the U.S., the FremantleMedia series will air on Starz.
In “Gods,” currently shooting in Toronto, an enigmatic young man named Shadow (Ricky Whittle) is released from prison, only to get swept up in a far more dangerous world populated by gods old and new, thanks to the even more enigmatic Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). The two embark on a road trip to try and convince the old gods brought to America that the new ones that have sprung up, like Media (played by Gillian Anderson), want nothing more than to wipe out the old-timers.
In addition to Fuller favorites like Anderson, the cast is studded with the following stars:
- Crispin Glover (government agent-type Mr. World)
- Cloris Leachman (one of the old Slavic goddesses)
- Peter Stormare (Slavic god Czernobog)
- Pablo Schreiber (old Irish demigod Mad Sweeney)
- Jonathan Tucker (Shadow’s old cell-mate Low Key Lyesmith)
- Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy, or “Anansi”)
- Kristin Chenoweth (Easter)
- Yetide Badaki (half-demon Bilquis)
Gaiman’s novel has been translated into 30 languages, including German and Japanese.
“American Gods” is currently set for a 2017 debut.