“We whipped by Easter, but we cast Easter for the show,” EP Bryan Fuller teased today at the American Gods panel at Comic-Con. That’s where he introduced Kristin Chenoweth, who has joined the upcoming Starz series based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel as the goddess Easter. “I’m exited to be reunited with my Bryan Fuller,” said the Pushing Daisies alum.
“This actually the first time I’ve met some of the cast,” she told the crowd about the show. which is set to debut in 2017. “I can’t wait come in your play box and scratch around.”
— American Gods (@AmericanGodsSTZ) July 22, 2016
Before the panel, the ballroom crowd was shown a preview trailer of the series with Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, offering a brief but heavily stylized look at Crispin Glover among others cast.
Fuller and Chenoworth were joined by fellow EP/showrunner Michael Green, author and producer Gaiman, director David Slade, plus cast members Whittle, McShane, Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy). As for more former collaborators joining the show, the former Hannibal EP said, “As soon as schedules line up, we’d love it” having cast from that show join American Gods.
Said Gaiman after receiving a standing ovation from the audience: “We get to spend a lot more time with a lot more characters than in the book,” in addressing the differences between his novel and the series.
“Three years from America citizen to American God,” joked Badaki as an immigration storyline was discussed. “There was no push-back and complete agreement,” Gaiman noted, saying all wanted to keep the racial makeup of the characters in the book the same. “We got a lot of credit for that, but it should be the norm for adaptations,” Green said to applause.
Gaiman indicated it is “looking more and more likely” that he’ll be writing an American Gods sequel novel — which got a big roar from the crowd.