Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” is invading TV via Starz this 2017. A renowned showrunner and executive producers have been lodged for the project, a famous actor has been selected to play a vital role, and an actor may be leaving “The 100” to take part in the series.
Neil Gaiman’s award-winning book “American Gods” has been confirmed to enter the world of TV. People will finally see how the battle between the old gods and the new will play out on the small screen.
According to Collider, the series will feature the acting talents of HBO’s “Deadwood” star Ian McShane in a central role. He is set to play Mr. Wednesday, the con man who will recruits Shadow Moon to do his dirty deeds.
Furthermore, Bryan Fuller has been lodged as the official showrunner of the series who will collaborate with Michael Green and “Hannibal” director, David Slade, who will also produce the franchise.
Gaiman revealed his excitement for the series during an interview. “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.”
Production members Fuller and Green also relayed their gratitude that McShane will be working with them. “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.”
McShane has been cast to play a mystery role in the upcoming HBO series “Game of Thrones” season six, which will release on April 24.
In other news, TV Line reports that Ricky Whittle may have to choose between “The 100” and “American Gods,” as he was recently cast to partake a role in the latter series. Jason Rothenberg, the writer for “The 100,” revealed, “I don’t want to say too much about what Lincoln has coming up, but I will say this wouldn’t be the first time Ricky’s been on two shows. Ricky’s done a fantastic job on the show. We’re so happy we’ve gotten to work with him for as long as we have, and I think he’ll be fantastic [on American Gods].”
The “American Gods” TV series, inspired by Neil Gaiman’s book, will release on Starz this January 2017.