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American Gods casts lead, Little House lands director

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Fans were super-excited when it was announced that Starz would be producing a series based on Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Then a year and a half passed by with no new details. Now, the show has its lead, as it was announced yesterday that Ricky Whittle has been cast as main protagonist, Shadow Moon. 

Fans of the CW post-apocalyptic show The 100 may recognize Whittle as "grounder" Lincoln. For American Gods, Gaiman's Hugo award-winning novel about ancient and new gods battling it out on American soil, Whittle will play Shadow Moon, an ex-convict-turned-body guard to one of the oldest gods out there, Odin.

Gaiman released a statement expressing his joy with the casting of the U.K.-born Whittle, as well:

I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow...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.
Meanwhile, in film news, Little House on the Prairie, another project with Minnesota ties, also has new announcements. The project has been in pre-production hell since 2012. The adaptation had originally been set to be developed by Sony and produced by Scott Rudin. Now it's heading over to Paramount, where the wheels appear to be more greased, as Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) is set to direct a script penned by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Suffragette).

No word yet on casting.