Neil Gaiman?s fantasy novel ?American Gods? is being serialized in cable television and one new, significant detail about the show has been revealed: Bilquis, the goddess of love. Bilquis will be played by Yetide Badaki (Aquarius, Masters of Sex) and Bilquis is described as ?an ancient goddess of love who craves the worship she inspired in eras long gone, and is eager to find that same relevance in today?s world.? Bilquis will also join the contemporary American Gods fighting the ancient gods said to have diminished in time. We should note that this is different from the book, where she dominated all of one chapter. And what a chapter it was. That?s what we?re all dying to find out, how exactly are they going to show how Bilquis uses her powers.
Other Hollywood actors to join the movie adaptation of ?American Gods? include Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Dane Cook as Shadow Moon?s best friend, Robbie. ?American Gods? creator Michael Green and Bryan Fuller enticingly recreates the novel of Neil Gaiman, putting the character of Shadow Moon on the spotlight.
Shadow Moon is an ex convict, who received his early parole after his wife Laura died. With no future to hold and loved ones to return to, Shadow will collaborate with Mr. Wednesday where his job is to protect him wherever they go. Little did he know that Mr. Wednesday is an ancient god, trying to find the rest of his creatures among the humankind. Mr. Wednesday knows there are gods among them and when people?s beliefs on them waned, so did their extraordinary powers and they become quite useless. Now, Mr. Wednesday wants to find them and try to create a group that will fight the contemporary American Gods who, by works of the modern world, uses all the technological mediums to conquer their enemies. The ?American Gods? casts also include Gillian Anderson, Cloris Leachman, Orlando Jones and Peter Stormare.
The official synopsis goes, ?American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of 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.
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