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Starz’s ‘American Gods’ Adds Emily Browning as Laura Moon

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The casting of Starz’s Bryan Fuller-adapted American Gods has been slow going, but grows more divine with every addition. After the casting of our Shadow Moon and Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednedsay, Emily Browning has joined American Gods in the role of Laura Moon, a “tricky character” from Neil Gaiman’s original novel.

Per the network’s official announcement, Browning will play Laura Moon, wife to The 100 star Ricky Whittle’s Shadow Moon. Laura has been preparing for her husband’s upcoming prison release, but “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.”

Says Gaiman of the 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.

Added Bryan Fuller and Michael Green:

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.

For those unfamiliar with Sandman creator Gaiman’s novel, American Gods follows ex-convict Shadow Moon, who partners up with mysterious con-man Mr. Wednesday (secretly a god himself), becoming embroiled in a battle between classic mythological gods who have fallen out of style, and the “new” American gods based on greed, technology and celebrity.

Hannibal creator Fuller and Heroes alum Michael Green will write and and showrun the series, with Gaiman acting as EP (and writing a few episodes), produced by FremantleMedia North America, and shooting set to begin in Toronto in April. As with Hannibal, David Slade will also direct episodes (including the pilot), as well as produce.

We’ll hear plenty more casting in the coming months, but what else might we expect from Starz and Fuller’s adaptation of American Gods?

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