Comic-Con: Kristin Chenoweth Joins 'American Gods'

Bryan Fuller also discussed the possibility of a 'Hannibal' reunion on the Starz drama.
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Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth and Bryan Fuller are reuniting.

The Pushing Daisies alum has joined American Gods as Easter, it was announced Friday at San Diego Comic-Con with a surprise appearance from the star.

"I'm so excited to be reunited with my Bryan Fuller," the actress said when she was brought up midway through the panel for the highly anticipated Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel. Chenoweth won an Emmy for her role on Fuller's short-lived ABC series Pushing Daisies.

American Gods centers on a war brewing between old and new gods. The traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world continue to lose believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Series protagonist Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who becomes the bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). A con man who is secretly one of the older gods, Mr. Wednesday is on a cross-country mission to gather his troops in preparation for a battle with the new deities.  

In the series, Chenoweth's character, Easter, is one of the old gods. Once known as Ostara, goddess of spring, Easter still embraces the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies associated with the holiday that bears her name in an effort to stay relevant. 

The actress joins a cast that also includes Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Jonathan Tucker, Gillian Anderson, Peter Stormare, Orlando Jones and Cloris Leachman.

In addition to Pushing Daisies, Chenoweth's other TV credits include Glee, The Good Wife and The West Wing.

In addition to Chenoweth, Fuller has previously worked with Anderson on NBC's Hannibal. Later in the panel, Fuller was asked about the likelihood of any other Hannibal stars coming to American Gods.

"The door is always open for those lovely folks. It was such an incredible experience working with that production for three years," he said. "As soon as schedules sync up, yes, we would love it."

Production on the 10-episode first season is currently underway in Toronto. 

American Gods is set to debut in 2017 on Starz.

 

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