Dane Cook has been cast in the upcoming Starz television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning fantasy novel American Gods. Cook will play Robbi, the best friend of series lead Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle).
When Shadow goes to jail, Robbie promises to hold Shadow’s job for him. Robbie is also married to Audrey, who is the best friend of Shadow’s wife, Laura (Emily Browning), and is there to comfort Laura when Shadow is put away.
The world of American Gods is one where gods walk the Earth but have generally fallen on hard times. An upstart pantheon of new gods that personify modern technology and trends is seeking to replace the gods of old. Shadow becomes entangled the conflict when he takes a job as a travelling bodyguard for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a grafter with a mission and a significant stake in the coming war between the old and new gods. Starz recently provided a first look at one of these new gods, Technical Boy.
Cook is a comedian best known for his standup special and his comedy albums. His most recent special is Troublemaker, which he directed for Showtime. His albums include Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden; ISolated INcident; and Dane Cook: I Did My Best – Greatest Hits. His television work includes playing himself in an episode of Louie and appearing in the most recent season of Workaholics. His film credits include the voice of Dusty in Plane: Fire & Rescue and starring in My Best Friend’s Girl, Dan in Real Life, and Mr. Brooks.