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Gillian Anderson Nearly Played Princess Leia On Season Two Of ‘American Gods’

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The first season of American Gods lived up to the hype with numerous accolades. The show managed to hit a bump in the road when Gillian Anderson left earlier this year. Unfortunately, this meant her character would miss out on some interesting things in season two.

A Face In The Crowd

Bryan Fuller, who produced the first season, shed light on what they had in store for Anderson. “We were dedicated to cast, crafted the season, wrote 5 episodes, even had Media as Mr. Rogers & Princess Leia,” he tweeted. Fuller and co-showrunner Michael Green were both fired following season one for rising budget issues.

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Anderson’s character Media has the ability to transform into several famous people. In season one, she changed into icons such as David Bowie, Judy Garland, and Lucy Ricardo. “We forget how good she is because she plays characters who are a bit like her. And somebody that good — somebody that brilliant — it’s so amazing,” author Neil Gaiman said to IndieWire.

Fires At Every Turn

Following the exits of Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth, things nearly took a turn for the worst. In September, the show was several week behind schedule, which meant it possibly couldn’t meet its deadline. As a result, Jesse Alexander, who was brought on to run season two, was fired. Alexander’s time on the show wasn’t pleasant for a lot of staff. His scripts were often rejected, and the cast didn’t like his direction.

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Fortunately, producing director Chris Byrne and line producer Lisa Kussner have been working on the new season.

The Power Of Positivity

With the amount of chaos surrounding the new episodes, production company Fremantle is optimistic. “We stand by our network partner’s statement and share in their confidence that season two will exceed expectations,” they said in a statement.

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The second season of American Gods will debut on March 10, 2019 via Starz, with the promise that even more exciting adventures are in store.

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