Starz’s “American Gods” has found its new Mad Sweeney. According to Deadline, “Orange is the New Black” star Pablo Schreiber will replace Sean Harris and play the down-on-his-luck leprechaun in this television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel.
In addition to “Orange is the New Black,” Schreiber has appeared in “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Lords of Dogtown.” He has also had recurring roles in “The Brink,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Weeds” and more.
Based on the bestselling fantasy novel, “American Gods” follows an ex-convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who, upon early release from prison, is hired to be the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday (Ian McShane). However, it’s soon revealed that Wednesday is an incarnation of All-Father Odin, who’s traveling America recruiting his fellow forgotten deities to wage an epic battle against the new American gods — manifestations of modern life and technology, like Internet, media and credit cards.
The cast also includes Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife Laura; Yetide Badaki as the love goddess Bilquis; Bruce Langley as petulant god Technology Boy; Jonathan Tucker as Shadow’s philosophical adviser Low-Key Lyesmith; Crispin Glover as the seemingly omniscient Mr. World; Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, the eldest of three sisters who watch over the constellations; Peter Stormare as Czernobog, the Slavic god of darkness and evil; Chris Obi as Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead; and Mousa Kraish as The Jinn.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the writers and showrunners, with Slade on board to direct the pilot and additional episodes. Gaiman joins all three as an executive producer.
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