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Another day, another author tweeting casting news! Yesterday it was Stephen King with news of who would be starring in The Dark Tower, and today it’s Neil Gaiman gloating about the latest star to join the hotly anticipated TV adaptation of his novel American Gods.

Here’s his response to showrunner Bryan Fuller, who’d just announced Ian McShane would play the part of Mr. Wednesday, a conman who turns out to be—well, let’s just say, more than meets the eye.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm from fans. As well as being known for his villainous roles in Hercules, Snow White and the Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean, McShane is a veteran of the small screen, with roles ranging from sweary saloon boss Al Swearengen in Deadwood to lovable antiques-trading rogue Lovejoy in the BBC series of the same name. Most recently he could be seen playing movie mogul Andrew Finney in Ray Donovan.

His casting follows the announcement in January that Ricky Whittle, star of The 100, will play the novel’s hero Shadow Moon, an ex-convict who becomes the reluctant bodyguard and errand boy of Mr. Wednesday in a war brewing between old and new gods.

The series certainly has a lot to live up to: it’s based on Gaiman’s first novel, written when he was primarily known for his work on comics such as Sandman from DC/Vertigo, and a favorite among fans.

Gaiman had this to say when the adaptation was announced: “I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation. The team that is going to bring the world of American Gods to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I’m relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands.”

And with this news, we think so too.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.