I first stumbled across American Gods as a novel in 2004. I hadn’t read Sandman, but I knew of it, knew Neil Gaiman’s name, and that combined with the cover art and the blurb drew me in. Now, a decade and a half later, the book has made me a lifelong Gaiman fan, and since 2011 when the talk of a TV series that would expand beyond the novel began, I’ve been viciously excited. When HBO eventually passed on the project, I was afraid. Would I indeed never see Shadow, Mr. Wednesday, and a pantheon of spirits brought to life on the screen? Would I really just have to accept the hours of enraptured love and joy brought upon by reading, and all the subsequent Gaiman books I’ve read since then, as all that American Gods would offer me?
It turns out, no. Because to the rescue came Starz, and slowly details started filtering in about the production. The casting of Ricky Whittle as Shadow. Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday. Gillian Anderson as Media!? They’re going to incorporate Anansi Boys into the narrative? Well, that kills my fantasy that I’d someday adapt that book (Y’all, Mos Def as Spider, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Fat Charlie. Tell me I’m wrong. Oh, you won’t cause you can’t) but it still means I get to see it on screen as well?! (Also, I always saw a Sports Night-era Robert Guillaume as Mr. Nancy, but the pictures of Orlando Jones have swayed me.)
Now those trickles of info have turned into a splash, because finally we have a trailer. And it looks amazing, and I’ll shut up now so you can watch it: