Jones will play the role of Mr. Nancy, the old African trickster god more commonly known as Anansi. He is also one of Mr. Wednesday’s (Ian McShane) oldest confidant and is ready to bring America to its knees.
Demore Barnes is also joining the cast as Mr. Ibis, “the keeper of stores, past and present and he recounts them with great relish.” He runs a funeral parlor and is fascinated with death.
“American Gods” follows ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who gets released from prison with the help of Mr. Wednesday and becomes his bodyguard and traveling partner. They embark on a mission to gather his forces in preparation to fight new enemies. The story also centers around the war that is brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythology and the new deities of technology and consumerism.
The series was adapted by Bryan Fuller and MichaelGreen, who also serve as showrunners. David Slade is directing the pilot. Shooting is currently underway in Toronto.
Additional cast members include: Gillian Anderson as Media, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Bruce Langley and Crispin Glover as the Technical Boy and Mr. World, respectively, Mousa Kraish as the Jinn, Chris Obi as Mr. Jacquel, and Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith.
The series has been gaining fans and critics attention, and how could it not with a cast like this!
“American Godz” will premiere on Starz in 2017.