Ian McShane (Deadwood) has been cast as Mr. Wednesday in Starz TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel American Gods. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the role comes as McShane is "poised to have a major part in HBO's upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones. The casting brings him back to Starz, where he earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in miniseries Pillars of the Earth. His credits also include Pirates of the Caribbean, Ray Donovan, The West Wing and Lovejoy." Production on the series begins in April. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (The River) are writing the script and serving as showrunners. David Slade will direct the pilot and additional episodes.
"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," Gaiman said. "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."