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Production on Starz's American Gods is in full swing, with a handful of updates coming our way in recent weeks. And the latest word on the street is that former Sleepy Hollow star Orlando Jones has joined the cast as Mr. Nancy.

Orlando Jones (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Orlando Jones (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

In Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel, protagonist Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who ends up meeting and befriending various gods in human form when he becomes the errand boy for Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) — Odin in human form. Jones's Mr. Nancy is the human form of Anansi, the West African god, usually depicted as a spider when not in human form, and who loves to spin stories. He is sharp and arrogant, often making fun of others for their perceived stupidity. For a glimpse at the humor Jones might bring to the role, check him out in this behind-the-scenes clip of him goofing around on the set of Sleepy Hollow:

Fans of Gaiman will know that it was Anansi's sons who were the focus of his spinoff novel, appropriately named Anansi Boys.

Demore Barnes (Andre Niesling/A. Niesing Phtography
Demore Barnes (Andre Niesling/A. Niesing Phtography

Jones isn't the only newcomer added to the cast today. Star of the 12 Monkeys TV series Demore Barnes has also been added to the cast as Mr. Ibis who, much like Mr. Nancy, is a teller of tales, with the character being described as "the keeper of stories, past and present, and he recounts them with great relish." He's the human form of Egyptian god Thoth, the god of writing and knowledge, and is business partners with Mr. Jaquel/Anubis, the Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife. Fittingly, their business is running a funeral parlor.

Due to Gaiman's immense popularity as an author, as well as this particular novel, fan excitement for the adaptation is already through the roof. Adding to the buzz is the fact that the production has assembled a really stellar cast that boasts the likes of Gillian Anderson (YAAAAAAAS QUEEN!) as Media, Emily Browning as Laura Moon (Shadow's late ex-wife), Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, and Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya.

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are serving as showrunners, as well as in charge of the adaptation, set for a series premiere some time in 2017.

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[Source: EW]