"American Gods"
“American Gods” – Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney).

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) have released a first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, “American Gods,” which stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), and Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday).

The series cast also includes Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), Demore Barnes (Mr. Ibis), 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), and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).

You’ll see most of them in the below trailer.

The series 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.

Bilquis—played by Yetide Badaki ("American Gods"
Bilquis—played by Yetide Badaki (“American Gods”

“American Gods” has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel.

Premiering in 2017, “American Gods” the series 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.”