Who Needs ‘Sleepy Hollow?’: Orlando Jones Joins The Cast Of ‘American Gods’

Production on Starz’ is in full swing lately, with a handful of updates coming our way in the last few weeks. Word on the internet street today is that former star Orlando Jones has joined the cast as Mr. Nancy, EW has learned.

Orlando Jones (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Orlando Jones (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

In Neil Gaiman’s Hugo and Nebula 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 of Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) – Odin in human form. Jones’ Mr. Nancy is the human form of Anansi, the West African trickster god usually depicted as a spider when not in human form. He is sharp and arrogant, often making fun of others for their stupidity, as well as a spinner of stories – his webs, if you will. For a glimpse at the humor Jones might bring to the role, check him out in this behind the scenes clip of Jones 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 spin-off 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, however. star 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 death and mummification. 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 . Adding to the buzz is the fact that the production has assembled a really stellar cast that boasts the likes of , 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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