The ball’s starting to roll on Season 2 of American Gods, and recent casting news is sure to spark some excitement around fans. According to Deadline, the Starz series, which is due to return in 2019, has just cast three important roles for its second season.
Dean Winters (Divorce, John Wick) has been tapped to play Mr. Town; Devery Jacobs (Cardinal, The Order) is set as Sam Black Crow, while Kahyun Kim (Shameless, Cassandra French’s Finishing School) has been cast as New Media, a successor to the Media goddess character played by Gillian Anderson in Season 1.
The second season (helmed by new showrunner Jesse Alexander, replacing Bryan Fuller and Michael Green) will pick up where the first left off, with Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) revealed to be the Norse All-Father god Odin, recruiting various deities to their side in the battle against the New Gods, lead by Anderson’s Media and the shadowy Mr. World (Crispin Glover). Mr. Town, a crony of Mr. World, is out to discover just how much Shadow knows about Mr. Wednesday‘s plans for war – and l he doesn’t plan on having a nice, friendly chat.
While the character of Mr. Town is set to appear as a guest star only, the characters played by Jacobs and Kim are recurring ones, and their roles are definitely intriguing. New Media is a new character, a contemporary of Media who one can surmise was written into the show to represent social media. The character of Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) originally had more of a cyberpunk aesthetic in the novel, a la The Matrix, but, in the show, is portrayed as a slick, bratty, constantly-vaping bro reminiscent of obnoxious startup CEOs, to reflect more current trends. Technical Boy was symbolic of cutting edge, youth-oriented technology, but as American Gods was written in 2001, before the advent of Facebook, social media and the Internet are rarely mentioned. It’ll be interesting to see how the character of New Media will compliment her digital cohorts, especially as she is effectively replacing Anderson, who will not be returning to Season 2.
Jacobs’ character, Sam Black Crow, is a young First Nations college student whose path will cross with Shadows’. She considers herself a skeptic despite the strange goings-on happening around her, and is fiercely independent with a strong set of beliefs. Full disclosure – Sam is one of my favourite characters in the novel, and Jacobs, whose incredible performance in the 2013 Canadian indie film Rhymes of Young Ghouls earned her a Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, is an up-and-coming talent you should be excited to watch.
The second season of American Gods is currently filming in Toronto. Stay tuned for more news about American Gods Season 2 as it drops!