A first look has been revealed for Vulcan, a new character created for the upcoming Starz television series American Gods, based on the 2001 best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman.
Check out the image here below of the god Vulcan, played by Corbin Bernsen (Psych), seen in the image with Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle’s Shadow Moon.
EW debuted the new image of the character, who does not appear in Gaiman’s novel, but was created by the author specifically for the television series based on an experience he had.
Here’s what co-showrunner Michael Green told EW about what inspired the creation of the character:
â€œHeâ€™s a brand-new addition who came from an experience Neil had. He was going through a small town in Alabama where he saw a statue of Vulcan. It was a steel town and, as he told the story, there was a factory that had a series of accidents where people were killed on the job and they kept happening because an actuarial had done the numbers and realized that it was cheaper to pay out the damages to the families of people who lost people, rather than to shut down the factory long enough to repair, and that occurred to him as modern a definition of sacrifice as there might be.â€
Here’s what co-showrunner Bryan Fuller told EW about the new character:
â€œVulcanâ€™s the god of the volcano and the forge, and what is the modern-day extrapolation of what that god could do?â€ muses co-showrunner Bryan Fuller. â€œWe started talking about Americaâ€™s obsession with guns and gun control and, really, if youâ€™re holding a gun in your hand, itâ€™s a mini volcano, and perhaps, through this character, thereâ€™s a conversation to be had.â€
Along with using material from the novel, the TV series will also use notes about characters and stories from Gaiman — who serves as executive producer on the show — that did not make it into the final cut of his book.
American Gods, which debuts on Starz in 2017, stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Gillian Anderson as Media, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, and Kristin Chenoweth as Easter.
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