‘American Gods’ Casts Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday

By March 2, 2016

This is absolutely perfect, but then again why wouldn’t it be? That goes for basically anything that Bryan Fuller touches.

Along with being tapped as the new showrunner for CBS’ Star Trek reboot TV series, Fuller has been working for a long time on developing American Gods for Starz, a TV series adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman novel, alongside co-creator Michael Green. Both Green and Fuller have stressed their devotion to casting the show as closely to the novel itself as well.

But it just got a whole lot better.

Earlier today, Neil Gaiman, Fuller, and Green announced that critically-acclaimed actor Ian McShane (Deadwood) will be playing Mr. Wednesday in the new series, a conman that’s in reality one of the world’s older gods, that’s traveling across country to bring his forces together and battle the new deities. McShane joins the already cast Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon.

Gaiman commented on the news with the following:

“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,” says Gaiman. “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.”

Fuller and Green added:

“Actor. Icon. And now god. It is a goddamn delight to be collaborating with the incomparable Ian McShane – again and for the first time – on a story about faith and belief, with the utmost faith and belief in Mr. McShane as our Mr. Wednesday. A wonderful Wednesday indeed.”

Fans familiar with the source material are probably very happy right about now, and for good reason. It’s wonderful news any time that Ian McShane is cast in something (you should have seen me when he booked a guest spot on this new season of Game of Thrones), but when he’s cast in something as promising as this – then it’s cause for some real celebration.

If I were Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, and Neil Gaiman – I would be very happy with myself right about now, and it sounds like they are.

American Gods will premiere on Starz.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Excellent Casting Choice I’m just really worried about someone putting any of Gaiman’s Works on film.