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Emily Browning has been confirmed to join the upcoming American Gods series on Starz, in which she will play the character of Laura Moon.

Gods Are Among Us

Based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, American Gods tells the story of a world in which Gods exist and live among regular people, but depend on people's belief in them to survive. The main character, a man named Shadow Moon, encounters the Nordic deity Odin under the alias of Mr. Wednesday, who finds himself menaced by the "new Gods" of fame and technology.

Browning Has 'A Challenge Ahead Of Her'

Emily Browning
Emily Browning

Browning, who is best known for her performance as eldest Baudelaire sibling Violet in A Series Of Unfortunate Events and as Babydoll in Sucker Punch, takes on the role of Shadow Moon's wife.

The author of the original novel was delighted with Browning's 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."
Neil Gaiman / Forbes
Neil Gaiman / Forbes

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green shared his sentiment, with a little reference to the novel:

"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.'"

Browning Joins Whittle And McShane

Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane
Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane

Shadow Moon is set to be played by Ricky Whittle (The 100), while Ian McShane has been confirmed in the role of Mr. Wednesday. No release date has been announced for the show, but filming is expected to begin in April.

Have you read 'American Gods'? Do you want to see the TV adaptation?

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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