The luck o’ the Irish has touched Pablo Schrieber: American Gods has tapped him to play leprechaun Mad Sweeney, our sister site Deadline reports. The role, previously inhabited by Sean Harris (The Borgias), became available earlier this month after Harris had to exit the series for personal reasons.
Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s popular fantasy novel, produced by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, follows recently released convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle, The 100) as he accepts a job to become a bodyguard/traveling companion for a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane, Deadwood). During their long journey throughout the United States, Shadow meets Mad Sweeney — who, ironically, isn’t having such great luck — and learns that a war is brewing between the nation’s old gods (as in mythology) and its new ones (as in technology).
The cast also includes Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Shadow’s wife Laura, Yetide Badaki as love goddess Bilquis and Bruce Langley as petulant god Technology Boy.
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Schrieber is best known as both sleazy corrections officer George “Pornstache” Mendez on Orange Is the New Black and a serial rapist/killer with an obsession for Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU. His TV credits also include Weeds and The Wire.