‘Theodore Rex’ star Whoopi Goldberg is joining the cast of Amazon Studio’s adaption of Neil Gaiman’s modern fantasy novel ‘Anansi Boys’ as the Bird Woman.
“I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic,” Goldberg said in a statement.
Neil Gaiman, who also serves as an executive producer and co-showrunner, celebrated the casting.
“When I first conceived Anansi Boys, decades ago, I imagined Whoopi Goldberg as Bird Woman,” he said. “I wasn’t able to meet her until 2018, when she interviewed me with some of the Good Omens team at New York Comic Con. At which point she mentioned that she had just finished listening to Sir Lenny Henry’s reading of Anansi Boys, and that it was one of her favourite books. Sometimes things feel planned and inevitable, and we are incredibly lucky. She’s going to be scary.”
“Playing opposite Malachi Kirby’s leading roles of Fat Charlie and Spider, Goldberg will play the role of Bird Woman, God of Birds, who exists within The World Before Time,” Amazon said in a press release.
They continued, “The six-episode series stars Malachi Kirby in the leading roles of brothers Fat Charlie and Spider. Anansi Boys is set throughout contemporary London and follows an exciting cast of characters in an epic story that stretches from the UK to Florida, the Caribbean, and the mythical World Before Time. The series is currently filming in Scotland and will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.”
The show also stars Delroy Lindo, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, Grace Saif, CCH Pounder, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Emmanuel Ighodaro, Cecilia Noble, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and Don Gilet.
The ‘Anansi Boys’ novel was released in 2005, and later won both the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Society Award in 2006.
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