Oh boy, if you weren’t already psyched for Bryan Fuller’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, here is another reason to praise the heavens: Ian McShane has joined the cast as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. As good as the source material is, the casting could be make or break a show like this, and Bryan Fuller and crew seems to be making all of the right decisions. McShane is joining The 100 actor Ricky Whittle as Shadow, as the two hit the road to gather the old gods in preparation for a face off with the newer deities. The mysterious con-man is one of the central players in American Gods, and McShane will be the ideal actor to shoulder the meaty role. Between this and his upcoming role on Game of Thrones, prepare for McShane to be all over fantasy television.
Fuller took to Twitter to share his excitement, with Gaiman echoing his sentiments.
Gaiman also made a longer statement, in which he claimed that McShane was absolutely perfect for 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.”
For those who are still mourning the loss of Hannibal (and Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies), American Gods could be the just the thing to heal the wound. Now we just have to not-so-patiently wait for it to make its way to our TV screens.