Hidden in among news about the success of his reading of Green Eggs and Ham and the fact that American Gods will not, in fact, be made by HBO but by Freemantle Media, the very likable Mr. Gaiman informs readers of his blog that Anansi Boys will be made into a television series.
This makes us all very happy, doesn’t it?
Shortly after the announcement that American Gods was being made into a TV series, I created a post with what I considered my “dream cast” for the show. It was met with wild derision of my choices, mostly because the main character, Shadow, is of mixed race and I chose a very white person as the lead. (Though I still stand by my choices.)
Here, then, are my choices for the Anansi Boys dream cast.
“He was not fat. Truth to tell, he was not even really chubby, simply slightly soft-looking round the edges. But the name Fat Charlie stuck to him, like chewing gum to the sole of a tennis shoe.”
Now. We know that Fat Charlies father is the West African god Anansi, and therefore his son will probably be black. So we are looking for a slightly awkward, not-really-chubby black actor for Fat Charlie.
Spider is Fat Charlie’s brother / other half. He is a trickster, sly and easygoing, a mirror to Fat Charlie’s awkwardness. This is actually pretty easy.
Anansi is the West African god of trickery and stories, a sort of African Loki, if you will. And hey, since this is a dream cast post, let’s go straight to the top. Seeing as the book starts with him dying, I’m not sure there is going to be much of him in the series, but still.
Graham is Fat Charlie’s embezzling boss, who drives quite a bit of the plot in the book. A man uncomfortable in his own skin, dishonest with a streak of violence, but above all else he is the epitome of the boss we all like to dislike.
Rosie is Fat Charlie’s fiancée, described as having soft brown eyes and a questionable grasp of geography. She also *SPOILER ALERT* cheats on Charlie with Spider, thus losing her virginity. So we are looking for a girl with brown eyes and a rather innocent look.
Martine McCutcheon (you will remember her from Love, Actually)
There you have it, my dream cast for the forthcoming Anansi Boys TV series.
Now it’s your turn, Gaiman fans, who do you want to see in these roles?
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