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Whoopi Goldberg Set to Play "Bird Woman" in Amazon's "Anansi Boys".


One thing about Whoopi Goldberg, she's got longevity and saying power! "The View" host Whoopi Goldberg has been tapped to play in the Amazon production of "Anansi Boys"!


According to Shadow and Act, Amazon Studios announced Thursday that Goldberg will join the cast as Bird Woman in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's modern fantasy novel. Goldberg's character is the God of Birds and will serve as the main villain opposite protagonist Charlie Nancy (Malachi Kirby ,below).



Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy (Kirby)—sometimes known as Fat Charlie (it was his father's nickname for him; he's not fat)—a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that he was Anansi: Trickster God of stories (Lindo). And he learns that he has a brother. Now that brother, Spider (also played by Kirby), is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting—but making it a lot more dangerous instead.


According to the character's description of the Bird Woman: "She's the embodiment of birds. Not just beautiful stately birds in flight. Anyone who's had a close encounter with a seagull knows that some birds are more dangerous than others, and Bird Woman is the most dangerous of them all. Long ago Anansi did her wrong. Now may be her chance to turn the tables."




Goldberg will play just one of the many gods who are part of the World Before Time, described as "a place that isn't a place, where the animals who are gods still walk. A place of incredible beauty, magic and danger."




Goldberg said in a statement how she feels about joining the cast. “I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic," she said.


"When I first conceived Anansi Boys, decades ago, I imagined Whoopi Goldberg as Bird Woman. I wasn't able to meet her until 2018, when she interviewed me with some of the Good Omens team at New York Comic Con," he said in a statement. "At which point she mentioned that she had just finished listening to Sir Lenny Henry's reading of Anansi Boys, and that it was one of her favourite books. Sometimes things feel planned and inevitable, and we are incredibly lucky. She's going to be scary.”


The six-episode series will also star veteran actor Delroy Lindo (left) who will portray Anansi/Mr. Nancy, who is described as a charming man who cheated on Charlie’s mother and who had another side to him as the god of stories and trickery.


“Delroy Lindo is a giant of the stage and the screen, and we are so lucky to have him,” Gaiman said Wednesday. “I cannot wait to see his gravitas and charm being deployed for the benefit of Anansi Boys, as he plays an unreliable father with hidden depths.”


Other cast members include Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn as Rosie Noah, Grace Saif as Detective Constable Daisy Day, Jason Watkins as Grahame Coats, Fiona Shaw as Maeve Livingstone, CCH Pounder as Mrs. Higgler, L. Scott Caldwell as Mrs. Dunwiddy, Joy Richardson as Mrs. Bustamonte, and Lachele Carl as Miss Noles.


This project is shaping up to be epic and we can't wait for it!

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