Amazon Studios has announced that Delroy Lindo will join the cast of the upcoming Amazon Original series Anansi Boys, based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel of the same name.
Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. 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 play Anansi/Mr. Nancy, who is all charm. As far as Charlie knows, his father was a lazy, charming 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.
Gaiman commented: “Delroy Lindo is a giant of the stage and the screen, and we are so lucky to have him. 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.”
Lindo recently starred in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, which earned him the New York Film Critics Award for Best Actor. Lindo has had memorable roles in several films such as The Cider House Rules and Heist, and garnered critical acclaim in a trio of films with director Spike Lee, including Clockers Crooklyn and Malcolm X. Other notable films include Wondrous Oblivion, The Core, The One, Gone in 60 Seconds, Ransom, Get Shorty, Romeo Must Die and This Christmas (also as executive producer). He will next be seen in the Netflix feature film The Harder They Fall. He will also direct the independent feature film Jabari’s People.