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American Gods series finds its Mr. Wednesday

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Deadwood actor joins the cast

Ian McShane, best known for his work on Deadwood and American Horror Story, has joined the cast of American Godsaccording to The Hollywood Reporter.

The series is based on Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name. McShane will play the elusive character Mr. Wednesday, who teams up with central character Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle. Mr. Wednesday at first pretends to be a conman; in actuality, however, he belongs to an ancient race of gods preparing to wage war on a more modern, technology-obsessed group of deities. He soon ropes the human Shadow Moon into the fray.

Author Neil Gaiman made a joke about today's casting announcement in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Yesterday was Super Tuesday," he said. "Today is Wonderful Wednesday."

Alongside American Gods, McShane is also set to star in the upcoming season of HBO's Game of Thrones, which is set to debut April 24.

Production on American Gods begins next month, with the show set to premiere next year on Starz.