Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic AMERICAN GODS has added another cast member to its growing list.
Stand-up comedian Dane Cook will take on the role of Robbie, Shadow’s (Ricky Whittle) best friend. In the novel, Robbie dies in a car crash alongside Shadow’s wife Laura, prompting Shadow’s early release from prison.
The rest of the story follows Shadow as he becomes a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and gets swept up in a war between old gods and new across the American landscape.
It’s unclear how large Cook’s role as Robbie will be in the series.
Helmed and written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and the upcoming Star Trek series) and Michael Green, the project is being produced by FremantleMedia North America. They will also be executive producing alongside Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk, and David Slade who will be directing the pilot. Gaiman, who has won Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Awards for this book, will also executive produce.
Cook recently made his directorial debut with Troublemaker on Showtime. He has numerous stand-up specials, as well as roles in films like My Best Friend’s Girl and Dan In Real Life.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.