Actor Ian McShane, of Deadwood, American Horror Story and coming to Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Starz’s TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. McShane will be playing the role of Mr. Wednesday. The character is described as:
“powerful and charismatic — a Casanova of sorts — who is a con man and an incarnation of All-Father Odin, who’s traveling America recruiting his fellow forgotten deities to wage an epic battle against the new American gods.”
Writer Neil Gaiman said in a statement:
“When you write a beloved character (beloved with, or despite, or because of all his faults) like Mr. Wednesday, you get to watch the Internet trying to cast the role. I’ve seen a hundred names suggested, but few make me grin like Ian McShane does. I’ve already been lucky enough to have him in one film (he was bright blue in it, animated, and probably Polish). Now I count myself even luckier: he’s made the journey from ‘Lovejoy’ to ‘American Gods.’ Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.”
Production of the series begins in April. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are on board as showrunners with Ricky Whittle taking on the role of Shadow Moon. Stay tuned, kids….