Ian McShane cast in royal drama for NBC
McShane, who was a memorable, dirty-mouthed proprietor of a seedy saloon on HBO's Deadwood, will be King Silas on Kings. The Universal project is said to be set in modern times, although its based on a story from the Old Testament, King David (remember Richard Gere in the movie of the same name?)
Michael Green is writing, and Christopher Egan, who was a principal in Fox's ambitious failure Vanished in 2006, will play David. According to the description, he's a pure-hearted young warrior who joins the court of the charismatic and authoritative Silas after saving the life of the king's son. Um, are they sure this is a contemporary piece?
NBC will announce the 2008-09 schedule on Wednesday. Reportedly, McShane's casting is seen as a sign that Kings will get picked up. The actor, a Golden Globe winner for Deadwood, has been starring on Broadway in a revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. It'll be good to see him back on TV, hopefully in something as interesting as his HBO western.