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Feast Your Eyes Upon These Spectacular American Gods Character Posters



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The Starz TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling novel, wherein Gods of Old (think the God of Evil) and New (Technology) battle for America, is fiiiiinally coming to our screens on April 30th. We recently saw the trailer, and now a series of promotional posters are upping the excitement ante.


(Played by Ricky Whittle)


(Played by Pablo Schreiber)


(Played by Orlando Jones)


(Played by Emily Browning)


(Played by Crispin Glover)


(Played by Kristin Chenoweth)


(Played by Peter Stormare)


(Played by Yetide Badaki)


(Played by Bruce Langley) More on him here.


(Played by Ian McShane)

I love how they’ve chosen to highlight each character and their foremost attributes—these posters teach the viewer a lot if they’ve never been exposed to the novel. The cast is perfect and full of luminaries: Ian McShane, Crispin Glover, and Kristin Chenoweth on the same show? And Ricky Whittle from The 100 as Shadow? LOOK AT THEM ALL.

Orlando Jones is one of my favorite actors and people on Earth, and I can’t imagine a better role for him than Mr. Nancy, the Trickster God.

Mr. Nancy’s description in the book gives you a taste of the mind-bending nature of the narrative:

He was looking at Mr. Nancy, an old black man with a pencil moustache, in his check sports jacket and his lemon-yellow gloves, riding a carousel lion as it rose and lowered, high in the air; and, at the same time, in the same place, he saw a jeweled spider as high as a horse, its eyes an emerald nebula, strutting, staring down at him; and simultaneously he was looking at an extraordinarily tall man with teak-colored skin and three sets of arms, wearing a flowing ostrich-feather headdress, his face painted with red stripes, riding an irritated golden lion, two of his six hands holding on tightly to the beast’s mane; and he was also seeing a young black boy, dressed in rags, his left foot all swollen and crawling with black flies; and last of all, and behind all these things, Shadow was looking at a tiny brown spider, hiding under a withered ochre leaf.

In summation: I need to watch this show. Is it April yet?

Who were you most excited to see here?

(via Buzzfeed, images via Starz)

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