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Gillian Anderson Joins Starz’s ‘American Gods’

Star reunites with her ”Hannibal“ showrunner Bryan Fuller for Neil Gaiman adaptation

Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation has added “X-Files” star Gillian Anderson to its growing cast.

Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which 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.”

Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct.

Anderson plays Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens — to their laptops, their TVs, to the iPhones in their hands while they watch their TVs. Ever the perky spokesperson, and always in control, she spins stories in whatever direction best suits her.

In addition to her role as Agent Dana Scully in “The X-Files,” which she recently reprised for Fox’s reboot, Anderson also starred in Fuller’s last TV show, “Hannibal.” Her other recent TV credits include “War and Peace” and “The Fall,” which will start its third season later this fall. She is represented by CAA and Untitled.