Gillian Anderson Joins Starz's 'American Gods'

First Gillian Anderson returned to the small screen to reprise her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully to fight government conspiracies and aliens.

Now the award winning actress will represent the Gods.

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Gillian Anderson will play Media in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods.

Anderson plays Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities.

She lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens-to their laptops, their TVs, to their iPhones in their hands while they watch their TVs.

Ever the perky spokesperson, and always in control, she spins stories in whatever direction best suits her.

American Gods' plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.

Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

Anderson is currently in production on the third and final season of the critically acclaimed series “The Fall,” which will premiere this year.

**Photograph courtesy of Jillian Edelstein**

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