Starz announced today that a casting choice has been made for the upcoming American Gods television show. Shadow Moon, the ex-Con struggling to go clean, but falling in line with the Old Gods, will be played by Ricky Whittle. He is best know for his work in The 100 and Austenland. The showrunners, Bryan Fuller of Hannibal and Michael Green of The River, are delighted by the casting:
“We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel will find he has every bit of the heart of the character they fell in love with.”
The most important question for fans is how the author of American Gods, Neil Gaiman, feels about the casting choice. Per the press release, he is pleased:
“I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”
I for one can’t wait to see Ricky bring Shadow to life.