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Small Axe’s Malachi Kirby cast in Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys

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Amazon has announced that Small Axe star Malachi Kirby has been cast as leading brothers Charles Nancy and Spider in the upcoming series Anansi Boys, based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel.

The casting was announced today (September 14) by Amazon Studios’ Head of European Originals, Georgia Brown, and Head of UK Originals, Dan Grabiner, as they confirmed Prime Video’s plans for original UK television.

The six-part limited series will follow Charlie Nancy, the son of ‘Mr Nancy’, who is actually Anansi the trickster and god.

Charlie was embarrassed by his estranged father, but only when he dies does he discover his father’s true identity as Anansi and find out he has a long-lost brother, Spider.

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Up-and-coming British actor Malachi Kirby previously starred in Black Mirror and Small Axe, the latter earning him a BAFTA TV award for Best Supporting Actor.

Addressing Kirby’s casting, Gaiman said: “Malachi Kirby is an actor of astonishing sensitivity, charm, and power.

“We needed somebody who could bring us the humanity of Charlie and the godly dangerousness of Spider; who could play two very different characters and who could in many ways carry the show.

“We found Malachi, and I am so thrilled that we did. He’s astonishing.”

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In a press release, Charlie Nancy was described as “awkward, stressed, engaged to be married, and working at a job he hates for a man he hates”. He is “as normal as it is possible to be” prior to discovering his father was a god and he has a magical brother.

Spider, on the other hand, was described as: “Cocky, self-assured, magical, super-powered, utterly amoral, and perhaps a bit of a monster.”

Delroy Lindo, known for playing Vietnam War veteran Paul in Da 5 Bloods and Adrian Boseman in The Good Fight, has been cast as Mr Nancy.

The series will begin filming in Scotland later this year and will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, although the release date has not yet been confirmed.

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Neil Gaiman will executive produce and write for the series, as well as working as a showrunner.

The show is also being executive produced by Sir Lenny Henry, alongside Douglas Mackinnon, famed for his work on Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, and Hanelle M Culpepper, the first African-American director of a Star Trek series (Star Trek: Picard).

Anansi Boys is a stand-alone story, not a sequel or spin-off of Gaiman’s novel American Gods. The book’s story was originally developed in conversation between Gaiman and Henry with the series adaptation reuniting the collaboration between the pair.

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