Starz has found its Laura Moon. Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Legend) has been cast in the role in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.
Browning joins recently cast Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle, who will play Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon, respectively. As Laura Moon, Browning plays Shadow Moon’s wife, who has been preparing for her husband’s pending prison release. Little does she know that she will go on an unexpected journey that leads her to an epiphany about her relationship and affords her a second chance to get things right.
The plot of American Gods posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman who in reality is one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
American Gods been translated into more than 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel.
Australia native Browning broke out as Violet Baudelaire in 2004’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Other film credits include God Help the Girl, Legend, opposite Tom Hardy Ghost Ship, Ned Kelly, The Uninvited, Stranded, Sucker Punch, Magic Magic. The Host, Summer in February, Plush and Pompeii.
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are writers and showrunners. David Slade (Hannibal) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Gaiman. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.
Browning is repped by UTA, Signpost Management and Catherine Poulton Management (Australia).