In what is probably one of the best TV casting announcements since Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, Ian McShane has been cast in the role of Mr Wednesday, for Starz’s upcoming American Gods series.
The Hollywood Reporter (via Squareeyed) has announced the casting news, which fans of the book will no doubt be excited for. McShane’s past TV credits include his glorious run in Deadwood, an appearance in American Horror Story and an upcoming, unknown role in season 6 of Game of Thrones.
The series will be an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beefy novel, which tells the story of Shadow (who himself has already been cast; Ricky Whittle from The 100 will be stepping into his boots), a man recently released from prison, only to find out that his wife has been killed in a car accident.
On the plane home for the funeral, he meets the mysterious Mr Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than should be possible. What follows is a journey down the rabbit hole, as Wednesday is revealed to be the Norse god Odin himself, and tells him that there is a war brewing between his people, the Old gods, and the New gods; those of money and technology.
It’s a real case of this town not being big enough for all of them…
In related news, McShane has been on breakfast morning TV and talking about his upcoming stint on Game of Thrones and dropped a very interesting tidbit about his role: “I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead,” he says.
Could it be Jon Snow? Is at a lie or perhaps it’s someone else altogether… after all we can think of at least one other character who returns from the dead.