Fantasy fans, and readers of acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman in particular, have waited years for Gaiman's most famous work, American Gods, to come to the small screen in the form of a TV show or miniseries. Tom Hanks was developing the book into a six-part series for HBO, but that fell through a few years ago. However, we finally have confirmation that this beloved novel is at last getting the TV treatment it deserves. On June 16, it was announced that Starz will officially be adapting American Gods and that the project will be helmed Bryan Fuller, the showrunner who's best known for previously creating Hannibal and Pushing Daisies. The next step will be casting the lead role in the series, a gym-owner turned bodyguard for mythological deities. Fans have already been vocal on Twitter about who should play Shadow Moon, using the hashtag #CastingShadow to voice their (strong) opinions.
Almost immediately, a consensus has emerged. Jason Momoa (who played Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones and is taking on the role of Aquaman in the upcoming Batman v Superman film) seems to be many fans' first choice for the part. Shadow is described as physically huge — pretty much a requirement for any bodyguard — and, though his race is not confirmed in the book, American Gods does mention that his mother had sickle-cell anemia, a genetic disorder that largely affects Black populations. Many readers have taken this to confirm that the character is half-Black and there's already been some anxiety that a person of color will not get the role. Fear not, because Fuller has confirmed that the show will not whitewash Shadow, reports Den of Geek.
Momoa fulfills both physical requirements and he has major nerd cred from his two most famous projects. But he's not the only actor who could shine in the role.
Here are other popular suggestions from fans:
Or someone totally new:
But let's be real, most people just want Jason Momoa.
The people have spoken. Is Jason Momoa your ideal Shadow or do you have another actor in mind? Make your suggestion in the comments!