The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has found its Mr. Wednesday.
Ian McShane will take on the role in the Starz series which begins production next month in Toronto. He will star opposite Ricky Whittle who portrays Shadow Moon.
Neil Gaiman hailed the casting decision, stating, “Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.”
He added, “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.”
According to Deadline, “In American Gods, a war is brewing between old and new deities: 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. The show centers on Mr. Wednesday (McShane), a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, full of perverse wisdom, curious magic, and grand plans. He hires ex-con Shadow Moon (Whittle) to be his bodyguard as he journeys across America, using his charms to recruit others like him as he prepares for the ultimate battle for power.”
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who are writing and producing the show, released a joint statement expressing their “delight” at “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.”
American Gods is set to debut in 2017.SuperFable