Bryan Fuller has recruited yet another Hannibal alum for American Gods! Jeremy Davies will be playing the elephant in the room, er, wait, I guess that would be Ganesha? Whatever, Davies will be playing Jesus!
Davies, who previously played Dickie Bennett on Justified and Daniel Faraday on Lost, will be known to Fannibals as sweet-souled animal lover Peter Bernardone, who is framed for murder by a serial-killer he himself is trying to kill. (Oh Hannibal, how I miss you.) So, technically, it’s been three years since we’ve seen him, but it feels like thirty? The interesting thing about this role is that Jesus doesn’t actually appear in the original version of American Gods. He is in a “deleted scene” that was added to a later edition of the novel. So the question is, will his role on the show follow that vignette? Or are Fuller, Gaiman, and co-showrunner Michael Green creating new material for the Son of Man? It’s also interesting to note that they’ve cast a very Western-looking actor for Jesus, presumably so they can play with his image in American religion, rather than delving into historical accuracy.
I’m excited to see if Jesus and Easter share any scenes. Kristin Chenoweth, who is playing the Goddess Easter, has already spoken of her character’s anger that Jesus swiped her holiday, but Jesus’ own character description references the beef, saying “Resurrected on Ostara’s feast day, Jesus has always been generous in sharing the Easter holiday with the ancient goddess. But the overly empathetic Son of God would be crushed to know that Ostara harbors some deeply buried resentment over the issue.”
So what do you hope to see Fuller, Gaiman, and company do with the character on American Gods?