Tucker is Low Key Lyesmith. Shadow’s one confidante in prison, Low Key is a surprisingly philosophical individual. Wiry and fast talking, with an offbeat sense of humor, he has a theory for everything and gives Shadow some sage advice to ready him for the outside world.
Glover will play Mr. World, the seemingly omniscient leader at the center of the New Gods coalition, sometimes more challenged by his own subordinates than his enemies. In keeping an eye on the activities of the Old Gods, he realizes that their ringleader, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), poses an imminent threat.
Cast also includes Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis and Bruce Langley as Technical Boy. The series begins shooting next week.
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 (Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (McShane), 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.
Tucker is known for his recurring role as Bob Little on Parenthood and currently stars in DirecTV’s Kingdom. He’s repped by UTA, Management 360 and Booh Schut Company. Glover, who played George McFly in Back To The Future, was most recently seen in Hot Tub Time Machine and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Glover is repped by APA.