Emily Browning Joins Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS

Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is the latest actress to be cast in Starz series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. She has been cast in the role of Laura Moon. She is the wife of Shadow Moon and "has been preparing for her husband's pending prison release.  Little does she know that she will go on an unexpected journey that leads her to an epiphany about her relationship and affords her a second chance to get things right."

I've always liked Browning as an actress, and I think this will be a great role for her to take on. Gaiman said of her casting:

“I've been fascinated by Emily Browning since ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She's going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life.”

Series producers Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Heroes) made a joint statement expressing their excitement for Browning's involvement:

“You don’t need a magical coin when you have Emily Browning. She brings a fascinating spark of life to every role she inhabits and we are tickled she will be lighting up Laura Moon and bringing her to life in more ways than one on American Gods.”

Browning joins the previously cast Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon. This seems like it's shaping up to be a solid series. The talent that is involved so far with both the cast and crew is pretty impressive.

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.  

The series will begin shooting in April.

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