A lot of Neil Gaiman fans got excited when it was earlier announced that “American Gods” will make its way to the small screen. But should they now be worried about the show’s fate? Will Starz really cancel the series now that they have lost one of its stars?
According to Collider, actor Sean Harris will leave “American Gods.” In a statement, the production company behind the series said Harris will be leaving “for personal reasons.” The actor had been announced to play Mad Sweeney in March. Mad Sweeney is the “down on his luck leprechaun…who is having a hard time understanding how he lost his charm and way.” Does his exit mean the end of the project is in sight?
The production company, Freemantle Media, clarified that the show is still a go. “He is a very talented actor and we are sad to see him go. But we wish him well,” Freemantle Media told Deadline. We are currently recasting the role of Mad Sweeney.”
The show’s producer even announced that they have hired a new director of photography. “We are thrilled to welcome Jo Willems as our DP. Jo and David Slade have had a long-standing creative partnership… The chemistry between a director and his DP are [sic] vital…when Jo became available to join David on ‘American Gods,’ we jumped at the opportunity to have him on the team.” Slade is set to direct the pilot episode of the show.
The “American Gods” series will centre on a battle between “gods.” On one side are the “old biblical and mythological gods.” Battling them will be “a new generation of deities representing modern America’s obsession with technology, media, and wealth.” It is based on the 2001 fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. A premiere date for the show has yet to be announced.