Creator and producer Nei Gaiman posted on Facebook Monday that DelRoy Lindo would be starring in the adaptation of his Anansi Boys series for Amazon.
Gaiman wrote: “Our first cast announcement! The astonishing Delroy Lindo as Mr Nancy in Anansi Boys. (For the curious: He plays the elderly Floridian loafer from the book, and not the dapper youngish tailor from the Starz American Gods tv series.)”
Variety: Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father, Mr. Nancy. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was Anansi: trickster god of stories. And he learns that he has a brother. Now his brother, Spider, is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting but making it a lot more dangerous.
Lindo will star as Anansi/Mr. Nancy. The character is described as all charm. As far as Charlie knows, his father was a lazy man who cheated on Charlie’s mother. But Mr Nancy had another side to him. He was a god of stories and trickery after all.
“Delroy Lindo is a giant of the stage and the screen, and we are so lucky to have him,” Gaiman said. “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.”