Ian McShane is joining the cast of “American Gods“, Bryan Fuller’s TV adaptation of the popular Neil Gaiman fantasy novel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will be portraying 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 thenew American gods.”
Neil Gaiman himself weighed in on the casting…
“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,” Gaiman said in a statement. “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.”
The series, which is destined for Starz, will begin production this April. Along with the aforementioned Bryan Fuller, Michael Green will also serve as a showrunner. Ricky Whittle was cast not long ago as series lead Shadow Moon. More casting is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
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