Author Neil Gaiman on Twitter: “I was adamant when Starz and Fremantle first wanted to make American Gods that the racial background of characters in the book would be respected.”
The American Gods television series — based on the novel written by Neil Gaiman and developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for the premium cable network Starz — is currently looking for an actor to portray the Native female character Sam Blackcrow.
According to Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, Blackcrow has a white mother and Oklahoma Cherokee Nation father. She is a University of Wisconsin-Madison that catches a ride with one of the show main characters.
Author Neil Gaiman responded on Twitter that he was delighted to see the character being cast. He also said via Twitter, “I was adamant when Starz and Fremantle first wanted to make American Gods that the racial background of characters in the book would be respected and maintained. This is an example of their commitment to that.”
Debra Zane Casting put out a notice that they are currently searching for First Nation / Native American actresses age 18 to mid-20’s to play the role of Sam Blackcrow in the Starz original series.
Casting Director Debra Zane, who has casted for such blockbusters as The Hunger Games (2012) Catch Me If You Can (2002) and American Beauty (1999) told Indian Country Today that the qualities most helpful in the search are professionalism and experience.
“There are two episodes in Season Two that Sam Blackcrow has parts in, but considering how the show might develop, there could be more of her looking forward.”
The announcement by Debra Zane Casting is as follows:
If interested in auditioning, please send a photo and resume (if available) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who seem well-suited for the role will be invited to audition.
This role will shoot in Toronto from June through August 2018. Participants must be available for the entire span of time.
Sam Blackcrow Description: Female; First Nation / Native American; over 18 to play college-age; she’s confident, engaging, headstrong and has a free spirit personality.