As reported by Variety earlier today, Ian McShane has been cast in the role of Mr Wednesday in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel American Gods. The series follows the mysterious Mr Wednesday and an ex-con Shadow (played by Ricky Whittle), who become embroiled in a battle between the ‘old’ mythological gods and the ‘new’ gods of money and technology.
McShane is known for his portrayal of Al Swearengen on HBO’s Deadwood, and his roles in American Horror Story and The Pillars of the Earth, and is due to appear in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
Production is set to begin in April. David Slade will direct the pilot alongside producers Bryan Fuller, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk and Michael Green. American Gods will be distributed by Starz in North America, and by FrementleMedia worldwide.