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The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s incredible novel American Gods has a new cast member. According to DeadlineIan McShane (DeadwoodHerculesAmerican 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.

 

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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She's currently a co-host on Most Craved. She's been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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