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Dane Cook, Technical Boy and The Goddess of Love?

Concept Art for the American Gods TV Show

They’re All Coming To Us As Part of the Amercian Gods TV Show

It seems like recently, we’ve been getting an outpouring of news for a bunch of in-development projects. We got a whole schload of Dark Tower news thanks in large part to EW’s coverage, a bunch of new Alien 5 bits thanks to Sigourney Weaver, and a veritable tidal wave of Star Wars news thanks to the recent Star Wars celebration. So I guess it’s no surprise that we’re starting to get an almost constant stream of news and bits of info on Starz upcoming American Gods TV show. For the uninitiated, American Gods is an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman’s novel about a recently released ex-con who steps into a brewing war between the old, Biblical style Gods and the new upstart Gods like Media who are stealing their followers away. So, now that we’re all up to speed, let’s dive into the recent reveals for the series.

American Gods TV Show Casting News

The already awesome cast of the upcoming American Gods TV show (Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson, and Peter Stormare to name a few) just keeps growing and growing. Polarizing comic Dane Cook is the latest addition to the cast, taking the role of main character Shadow Moon’s best friend. Given Robbie’s role and fate in the book, this seems to be pretty solid casting, though they may be adjusting, changing and / or expanding that role as they have with other characters.

American Gods TV Show – First Look at Technical Boy

About a month ago, we got a first look at Ian McShane is his role as Mr. Wednesday (actually Odin, one of the “Old Gods”), thanks to EW.  Here are those pictures if you missed them:

Shadow Moon and Mr Wednesday from the American Gods TV Show Mr Wednesday from the American Gods TV Show

Now, we’re getting a first look at Technical Boy (played by Bruce Langley), one of the “New Gods,” whose realm is the Internet. (Image is again thanks to EW.)

Technical Boy from the American Gods TV Show

Interestingly, his appearance is different from how he’s described in the book.  As a personification of the Internet, he is described as resembling the stereotype of a fat, arrogant, basement-dwelling teenager who dresses like a character from the Matrix because he thinks it makes him look cool. Other characters disparagingly refer to him as “Fat Kid.” Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green do have a reason behind his more retro appearance, and a plan for where they’re taking him. Here’s what Fuller had to say about the look:

We needed to establish a frame of reference for the aesthetic of the Technical Boy, and [director] David Slade, I believe, was the first one to say ‘Commodore 64. That will mean more to the audience once they understand more of the Technical Boy’s story — why the Commodore 64 and that era of technology is so informative for the look of him and the story and the general aesthetic when we first sample his world.

Green adds that “technology has gone from something that was the province of the young to something ubiquitous and in your pocket, and the aesthetics of that have changed. Technology very much has a tie into fashion, which goes in cycles and changes overnight. What’s in fashion, technologically, and what’s in fashion, in fashion, are minute to minute and you can’t possibly keep up. And we look to the Technical Boy to be someone who’s very much a victim of both. The idea of feeling like you have to feed the beast of what’s new and what’s fresh is very much in his mind.

Green also says that nothing that Technical Boy is wearing would have been possible 15 years ago when the book came out, as his wardrobe reflects modern methods, some of which Green and Fuller were introduced to for this show. Also, Technical Boys outfit will be ever changing every time he shows up, representing the fact that like many people, he’s constantly trying on new looks and personas.

American Gods TV Show – First Look at Bilquis

This image comes via Vanity Fair and is a first look at Bilquis (played by Yetide Badaki), the Old God of Love.

Bilquis from the American Gods TV Show

Though her role is somewhat small in the book, Fuller revealed a while back in Den of Geek interview that she would be playing a bigger role in the series:

One of the exciting things for us in adapting this is that we get to expand characters, so Bilquis, who is only in a chapter of the book, then you don’t see her again, is a major player in this world.

In that same interview, he also teased one of the more interesting scenes from the book involving Bilquis:

One of the most amazing sequences for me, when I was reading it, was the Goddess Bilquis eating a man with her vagina! I think it’s beautifully written in the novel … We plan to deliver that moment as it is written because I believe that we can, and that’s very exciting for us because we were breaking that story and thinking, we are just going to lift that right out of the book and drop it right into the show.

American Gods TV Show Release Date

So, there you go. It sounds like there’s going to be a lot to look forward to. Right now, the show is set to debut in 2017, though an official date in 2017 hasn’t been locked down yet.

One final thing, before we go. Some people have expressed reservations about what’s been seen so far, saying that some of it looks cheesy, or that it’s going too far. And while I can see where they might think that based on stills, I think it’s important to keep in mind that many of Fuller’s past work could potentially look pretty silly in stills, but in motion, they tend to work. Pushing Daisies, for example, works perfectly on a weird, whimsical level, and Hannibal (which we really, really need to get picked up by a new network) is amazing as a crazed, sick fever dream. Anyway, I think they’ll figure out something that works looks wise.

What do you all think? Are you looking forward to the American Gods TV show?

Featured Image: Starz / Nicolas Delort

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