The gods are starting to appear. Entertainment Weekly has released a first look at Technical Boy from Starz’ upcoming series American Gods.
The drama is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman about a modern world where old and new gods exist. Bryan Fuller is executive producing the series alongside Michael Green and Gaiman.
Played by Bruce Langley, Technical Boy is a modern god powered by the public’s devotion to the Internet. In the interview with EW, Fuller said the look of Technical Boy is inspired by the Commodore 64:
We needed to establish a frame of reference for the aesthetic of the Technical Boy, and [director] David Slade, I believe, was the first one to say ‘Commodore 64. That will mean more to the audience once they understand more of the Technical Boy’s story — why the Commodore 64 and that era of technology is so informative for the look of him and the story and the general aesthetic when we first sample his world.”
Green added that the character’s aesthetic differs somewhat from the book’s characterization:
Technology has gone from something that was the province of the young to something ubiquitous and in your pocket, and the aesthetics of that have changed. Technology very much has a tie into fashion, which goes in cycles and changes overnight. What’s in fashion, technologically, and what’s in fashion, in fashion, are minute to minute and you can’t possibly keep up. And we look to the Technical Boy to be someone who’s very much a victim of both. The idea of feeling like you have to feed the beast of what’s new and what’s fresh is very much in his mind.”
American Gods is set to premiere in 2017.
Take a look at Technical Boy below:
What do you think? Have you read American Gods? Will you watch the Starz series?