The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s much revered ‘American Gods’ has now found it’s Mr Wednesday in the shape of veteran British actor Ian McShane. Perhaps best known for his work on Deadwood and Lovejoy, McShane’s casting would appear to be a popular choice, and that’s certainly the case among the crew here at BCP Towers. More importantly, the man responsible for the creation of the story seems excited and happy about the conformation of McShane’s involvement. Gaiman is quoted as saying:
“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. Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.”
American Gods centres on an impending conflict between the traditional mythological Gods, and a group of new Gods reflective of the modern world. The character of Mr. Wednesday plays a central role in the story as the leader of the latter group, using manipulation and cunning to bolster his forces for the coming battle.
The series will begin production in April of this year for release on the Starz network sometime in 2017.
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The Writer of this piece was: Martin Doyle
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