‘American Gods’ First Look: Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schreiber Come Out Swinging (Photos)

First photo of Neil Gaiman adaptation also features Ian McShane

American Gods Ricky Whittle as Shadow

Starz has released the first look photos from its highly-anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s “American Gods,” and it shows a brawl about to go down between Ricky Whittle and Pablo Schreiber.

EW has the first photos, which show Whittle’s Shadow and Schreiber’s Mad Sweeney coming to blows over a bet, as Ian McShane, as Shadow’s mysterious employer Mr. Wednesday, looks on.

“It was one of the sets that we were the most excited about and an opportunity to do a tonal landgrab for what we are and what the style of the show will be,” executive producer Bryan Fuller told the magazine. “[Jack’s Crocodile Bar] is a kind of hillbilly chic aesthetic for Shadow’s entrée into the world of the gods.””

The adaptation portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.”

Filming is now underway.

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