'American Gods' News & Spoilers: Yetide Badaki Has Been Cast As 'Bilquis' & Confirms Man-Eating Scene [VIDEO]By Sarah T., UniversityHerald Reporter
In the recently ended 2016 San Diego Comic Con, "Neil Gaiman" fans were treated to something special - a panel that confirms that a live-action "American Gods" is now a reality, as was reported by Collider. The 2016 SDCC was hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown, and co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were present at the event.
As far as casting is concerned, actor Ricky Whittle is cast to portray series protagonist, "Shadow Moon." His portrayal of Shadow as shown in the trailer they have presented was well-received, and got fans even more exiciting for what is next in their plans.
The main question about the decision of making a live-action American Gods could very well be: How far can they go in terms of adaptations? A majority of the fans can attest to the ultra-dark tone of story. Some chapters in the novel are so dark and cringe-worthy that it would take a lot of gumption to adapt the material into live-action.
Well, it seems that showrunners are laying all their card on the table, and fans may see a faithful adaptation of American Gods. According to Bleeding Cool, actress Yetide Badaki from Showtime's "Master of Sex" has been cast to portray the role of one of the controversial characters in the novel - the goddess, "Bilquis" also known as the "Queen of Sheba."
Those who have read the book will remember that among more graphic parts of the novel were the scenes of Bilquis, and in an interview done by Bleeding Cool, it seems like that scene will be included in the series, and will be shown in all its glory.
When whether Badaki was aware of the particular graphic scene in the novel, she said that she is a huge science fiction and fantasy geek, and she mentioned that she had read the novel before she was ever cast. She also confirmed that the "man-eating" scene has already been filmed, and praised the team that are working on the series.
"American Gods" will premiere on Starz in 2017, and will star, Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki and Bruce Langley, as well as an appearance by author Neil Gaiman.