Ian McShane Cast in Starz’s American Gods

Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' "Hercules" - ArrivalsStarz and FremantleMedia North America has announced that Ian McShane has been cast as Mr. Wednesday in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.

Playing Mr. Wednesday, McShane joins Ricky Whittle, who was recently announced to play Shadow Moon in American Gods.  Mr. Wednesday is a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, full of perverse wisdom, curious magic, and grand plans. He hires ex-con Shadow Moon to be his bodyguard as he journeys across America, using his charms to recruit others like him as he prepares for the ultimate battle for power.

Acclaimed British actor McShane catapulted to American TV stardom by playing the ruthless frontier kingpin Al Swearengen on Deadwood, for which he was nominated for both Emmy and SAG Awards and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama and the Television Critics Award for Individual Performance.  He also starred in Starz’ The Pillars of the Earth, for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor in a Mini Series.  Across film, he is best known for his portrayal as ‘Blackbeard” in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and as “Teddy Bass” Sexy Beast. Other television appearances have included Ray Donovan, American Horror Story, and Lovejoy. This year he will appear in Game of Thrones and Dr. Thorne and can be seen in the upcoming films John Wick: Chapter 2, The Hollow Point and Bolden.  McShane is also an accomplished and award-winning stage actor appearing in productions on Broadway, in the West End and Los Angeles throughout his career.

American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.