The Starz television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel American Gods appears to have finally rounded out its cast, according to a report from Deadline. Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi and Mousa Kraish will all star as ancient deities in the 10-episode series, which will focus on a brewing war between old and new gods in America.
Leachman, known for her work in The Last Picture Show, various 1970s Mel Brooks films and Malcolm in the Middle, will play Zorya Vechernyaya, one of three sisters who watches over the constellations. Stormare, who played John Abruzzi in Prison Break and put Steve Buscemi through a wood chipper in Fargo, will star as Czernobog, a Slavic god of evil and darkness. Obi and Kraish play Anubis, the Egyptian god of enbalming, and The Jinn, a mythical fire deity, respectively. They join Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane, who play protagonist Shadow Moon and the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, in a solid cast that began shooting the series this week.
Neil Gaiman, in addition to penning American Gods, is also noted for his work in the world of comics. You can read our interview with him about his work on “The Sandman” here.