The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s incredible novel American Gods has a new cast member. According to Deadline, Ian McShane (Deadwood, Hercules, American Horror Story) will play Mr. Wednesday. He’ll play opposite Ricky Whittle‘s Shadow Moon, an ex-con who travels as a bodyguard to Mr. Wednesday, one of the old gods as he prepares for battle with the new ones.
Gaiman is pretty excited. In response to the news, he said, “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.”
I don’t know about you, but I think the casting is pretty darn perfect here. Let us know what you think below.