Starz has dropped a first-look image from the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods, set for premiere in 2017.

It looks like Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is about to land a punch at Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) in the book’s iconic Crocodile Bar (see above). As previously reported, Schreiber took on the role in a recasting after Sean Harris had to exit for personal reasons.


Along with Whittle and Schreiber, the series stars Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Gillian Anderson (Media), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy) and Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis)

American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are writers and showrunners. David Slade 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 Neil Gaiman.