Gillian Anderson, known far and wide among the geek elite as skeptic hottie Dana Scully from The X-Files, is continuing her television comeback with another role in a science-fiction series. The 47-year-old actress has joined the cast of American Gods, the new Starz supernatural drama based on the Neil Gaiman's book of the same name.
The ambitious American Gods depicts a battle between the old gods — deities of classic mythology such as Odin and Anubis --and the new gods — money, technology, the internet — as both walk the Earth in human form. Anderson will play the role of Media, a representative and mouthpiece for the new gods who has a knack for spinning stories and relishes how mankind worships their iPhones, televisions, and other gizmos. The cast also includes The 100's Ricky Whittle and Deadwood's Ian McShane.
The role reunites Anderson with American Gods executive producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller, as the two worked together on NBC's Hannibal. In addition to reviving The X-Files for Fox this past January, Anderson will also continue work on the acclaimed crime drama The Fall, which enters its third and final season later this year.
American Gods is set to premiere in 2017 on Starz.