The gods must be crazy. Changes are already underway on Starz‘ American Gods TV show adaptation. The drama just began shooting in Toronto, in late April. Per Deadline, Sean Harris has left the role of Mad Sweeney, for personal reasons. Additionally, director of photography Brendan Glavin has been replaced with Jo Willems.
Reportedly, Harris had only completed a few scenes. They will be reshot, when Mad Sweeney is recast. The cast of American Gods also includes: Emily Browning, Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, and Mousa Kraish.
Here is more, from Deadline:
[The] production was starting to fall behind schedule, and a move was made to try and right the ship early by making a DP change as the delay was attributed, at least in part, to the director, David Slade, and the DP, not being completely in synch. Slade has a long-standing relationship with Willems, whose first feature collaboration with Slade was the Sundance indie Hard Candy. The two also worked together on the film 30 Days of Night and the pilot for NBC series Awake.
“Sean Harris had to leave the American Gods production for personal reasons,” series producer FreemantleMedia Media North America said in a statement to Deadline. “He is a very talented actor and we are sad to see him go, but we wish him well. We are currently recasting the role of Mad Sweeney. Separately, we are thrilled to welcome Jo Willems as our DP. Jo and David Slade have had a long-standing creative partnership and have collaborated on various projects. The chemistry between a director and his DP are vital and when Jo became available to join David on American Gods, we jumped at the opportunity to have him on the team.”
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