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#SDCC16: Trailer Unleashes American Gods; Kristin Chenoweth Joins Cast

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Next year, the Starz series “American Gods” will adapt Neil Gaiman’s same-named bestseller for the small screen, and though the project has been shrouded in secrecy right up until today, that all just changed at Comic-Con. In addition to the trailer, we’ve got all the info you need, along with the news that Kristin Chenoweth will star.

You’ll find the trailer for the 2017 series below!

From the Press Release:
Today, the gods shined down on Comic-Con fans as STARZ released the first live action trailer of “American Gods” during the series’ debut Comic-Con panel. Also, making a very special appearance was Kristin Chenoweth who graced the stage as it was announced she will star in the role of Easter. Once known as Ostara, goddess of spring, Easter still embraces the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies associated with the holiday that bears her name, in an effort to stay relevant.

The “American Gods” panel, moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (“The Odd Couple”) included Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), as well as executive producers, showrunners and writers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, director and executive producer David Slade, and author and executive producer Neil Gaiman.

The role of Easter sees Chenoweth reuniting with showrunner Bryan Fuller. The two worked together in “Pushing Daises” for which Chenoweth received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.

American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot 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, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) 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. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

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