Deadwood leading man Ian McShane has now been cast as Mr. Wednesday in Starz's upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman masterpiece American Gods.
According to a statement from Neil Gaiman, this casting has greatly pleased the author himself:
"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.”
American Gods will start shooting in April this year with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green working on the script.