Almost exactly one year ago, it was announced that Emily Browning will be playing Laura Moon in Starz’s “American Gods.” On Sunday, at a SXSW panel, the cast and creators dropped another big piece of news: Browning will actually be playing two characters.
Show creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green joined cast members Browning, Ricky Whittle, and Ian McShane at the Lionsgate Lounge for a panel moderated by Variety‘s Elizabeth Wagmeister to talk about the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed fantasy novel. There, they revealed that, in addition to Laura Moon, Browning will also play Essie Tregowan.
“Emily also plays Essie Tregowan, and those who have read the book, Essie was one of Michael and I’s favorite stories in the book. It’s essentially the tale of how Mad Sweeney made it to America,” said Fuller. “And we were talking about casting that role, and as we were in that conversation, Michael said, ‘Oh, we should just cast Emily in this role.’ And then we went to talk to Emily, and it was like, ‘So, the Essie episode’ — she was like, ‘Have you cast that actor yet? Because I think I should play her.’ And we were like, ‘Well, that just worked out well.’ ”
Browning admitted that she had a feeling Fuller and Green would ask her to also take on the second role, but she was hesitant, as she was tired and mostly wanted to “go take a nap, for like, three weeks.” “But, at the same time, the way that the character’s written, it’s so perfect and amazing, and I just knew — I’m like, if they ask me, I’m not — there’s no way I’m going to say no,” she added.
Somewhat indignant, she went on, “But I’ve been trying to keep it secret!”
McShane said that he “never thought there was any question that she was going to do it, when I read it early on.” He also teased a “big, important clue” about his own character, Mr. Wednesday… before the rest of his panel participants stopped him from revealing any more.
Emily attended the ‘American Gods‘ premiere yesterday (March 11) at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were joined by the rest of the cast, including Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane & more. The screening was followed by a Q&A. Be sure to check our gallery for the first batch of images.
About a week ago, Crescioni revealed that Emily Browning was teaming up with the brand for their Fall 2017 collection. The first two outtakes, shot by photographer Andrew Lee, are now available in our gallery. Hopefully, more will be unveiled later on!
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DEADLINE – American Gods, the new Starz series adapted from Neil Gaiman’s contemporary fantasy novel, will have its TV bow on Sunday, April 30 at 9pm ET/PT. And from this first-look key art, clouds and strangeness are heading this way.
Before the TV premiere of the eight-episode series, produced by FremantleMedia North America, American Gods will make a public debut at the SXSW festival on March 11. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with showrunners and cast including Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Orlando Jones, Jonathan Tucker and Betty Gilpin.
The logline: American Gods pits Old Gods against New Gods, with the ancient mythological ones fearing irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the younger deities. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.
The series was adapted from Gaiman’s 2001 novel, with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green serving as the show’s writers and showrunners. David Slade directed the pilot and additional episodes, with FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk on board as executive producers along with Fuller, Green, Slade, Adam Kane and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of American Gods.
In addition to Whittle and McShane, American Gods stars Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover and Orlando Jones. Additional cast members include Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen and Mousa Kraish.
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America, with Starz retaining all network pay TV and SVOD rights, as well as certain DVD distribution rights in the US and Canada. FremantleMedia is distributing the series in all other media worldwide.
The SXSW screening kicks off at 11 am CT at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center.