Pablo Schreiber has hopped aboard American Gods, Starz’s upcoming adaption of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed 2001 fantasy novel.
The Emmy-nominated actor, best known for his roles as Nick Sobotka on The Wire and George “Pornstache” Mendez on Orange Is the New Black, joins the series as leprechaun Mad Sweeney. He replaces Sean Harris, who had to leave the show for personal reasons after a week of filming.
The series chronicles a brewing war between two clashing tribes of gods: a traditional, mythological clan and a new tech and money-obssessed sect. Schreiber plays an ironically unlucky leprechaun hired by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a plain-clothed deity who enlists ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) as a bodyguard and comrade. Yetide Badaki, Emily Browning, Bruce Langley, Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, and Jonathan Tucker round out the cast.
Schreiber also signed onto Cary Fukunaga-produced indie flick Thumper, a forthcoming cop drama about an undercover officer (Eliza Taylor) who sets out to bust a high school’s drug ring. Schreiber plays fearsome dealer Wyatt, who supplies the local stash.
American Gods was created by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes). No official premiere date has been announced.