As if there wasn't enough reason to be excited about Bryan Fuller's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, they go ahead and cast Ian McShane in one of the lead roles. Gaiman joyfully announced the news on Twitter that McShane would be playing the mysterious Mr. Wednesday in the Starz network series, joining Rick Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon.
The award-winning book follows ex-convict Shadow Moon, who takes a job as a bodyguard for conman Mr. Wednesday, who turns out to be one of the old gods. The two hit the road gathering forces in preparation for a war against the new, modern gods, while clues about Shadow's true past begin to be revealed.
Here's what Gaiman had to say about 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. 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.”
McShane also has a role in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, so be prepared to see a lot of him on the small screen again.