American Gods Casts Sean Harris

American Gods to Recast Mad Sweeney in Wake of Sean Harris Exit

Starz’s American Gods is getting Mad all over again.

The upcoming series based on Neil Gaiman’s beloved fantasy novel will recastMad Sweeney, our sister site Deadline reports, after portrayer Sean Harris had to exit the series for personal reasons.

In the Bryan Fuller/Michael Green-led adaptation of the book, Shadow is a recently released convict who becomes employed by a mysterious figure named Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane). As the two men travel the United States, Shadow becomes aware that a war is imminent between the country’s old gods (think: ancient mythology) and its new ones (think: modern technology) — and that his part in the proceedings has been predestined.

Mad Sweeney is a down on his luck leprechaun employed by Mr. Wednesday. In a statement to Deadline, series producer FreemantleMedia North America said the role of Mad Sweeney would be recast.

In addition, Jo Willems (the Hunger Games franchise) is joining the series as director of photography, replacing Brendan Glavin.