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And the casting just keeps coming for upcoming Starz series American Gods, with Entertainment Weekly announcing that Jeremy Davies has secured the role of Jesus in the show.

American Gods is already set to be one of the biggest series of 2017, with a range of big names already onboard to star in the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel of the same name.

American Gods is a fantasy series, set in a world similar to ours, but which is ruled by two factions of Gods, the old and the new. Take a read of the official synopsis below:

The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and 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.

Jesus does not actually appear in the novel, though he is spoken about. In 2011, author Neil Gaiman explained his reason for this in a blog post, saying "Jesus actually did turn up in a scene which I cut, as it just didn't work, but I figured a book about American Religion was not the book I wanted to write, which was about American Belief, so I let some things go..."

Shadow and Mad Sweeney in American Gods [Starz]
Shadow and Mad Sweeney in American Gods [Starz]

For the TV version it looks like Jesus' storyline with weave in with Kristin Chenoweth's character, Easter (a.k.a Ostara). The official character description for Jesus reads: "Resurrected on Ostara’s feast day, Jesus has always been generous in sharing the Easter holiday with the ancient goddess. But the overly empathetic Son of God would be crushed to know that Ostara harbors some deeply buried resentment over the issue."

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Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennet in Justified
Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennet in Justified

Davies, who is probably best known for his work in Saving Private Ryan, Justified, Lost and Texas Rising, joins the cast for his second team up with American Gods creator Bryan Fuller. Aside from American Gods, Davie is also set to appear in Sleepy Hollow and the upcoming revival of Twin Peaks in 2017

Shadow, Laura, Mr Wednesday and Bilquis [Starz]
Shadow, Laura, Mr Wednesday and Bilquis [Starz]

He joins a talented cast which includes Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Gillian Anderson (Media), Emily Browning (Laura Moon), Dane Cook (Robbie), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya), Crispin Glover (Mr. World) and Yetide Badaki (Bliquis) among others.

An official date is yet to be announced, but you will be able to watch American Gods on Starz some time in 2017.

Are you looking forward to the American Gods adaptation?

Source: Entertainment Weekly, Neil Gaiman