Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods has just announced quite the casting coup as Ian McShane (Deadwood, John Wick) joins the television series as Mr. Wednesday. McShane has been at the top of American Gods fans casting lists when it comes to Mr. Wednesday and it looks like the production felt the same.
For those of you unfamiliar with the character from American Gods, Mr. Wednesday, here’s his description from the American Gods Wiki:
Mr. Wednesday is the leader of the Old Gods in their war against the New Gods. He is Odin, the All-Father and most prominent god of the Norse pantheon, god of wisdom. In America, he works as a con artist. He meets Shadow on an airplane after Shadow’s release from prison, and hires him on as a bodyguard.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are helming the adaptation and Fuller tweeted this:
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) March 2, 2016
He seems pretty excited wouldn’t you say? He wasn’t the only one, Neil Gaiman had this to say:
When you write a beloved character 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… Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.
Green and Fuller also added:
Actor. Icon. And now god. It is a goddamn delight to be collaborating with the incomparable Ian McShane — again and for the first time — on a story about faith and belief, with the utmost faith and belief in Mr. McShane as our Mr. Wednesday. A wonderful Wednesday indeed.
Ricky Whittle (The 100), will play the lead character Shadow Moon, and it will be interesting to see what chemistry McShane and Whittle will have on the small screen. The production begins shooting in April,and there are a number of other roles still to be cast. David Slade (Hard Candy, Hannibal) will direct the pilot and perhaps a few of the series first episodes. While the premiere date is yet to be announced there is this synopsis:
American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.