Dane Cook has booked a surprising new TV role.
The stand-up comic has joined Starz’s upcoming fantasy series American Gods, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling fantasy novel of the same name, American Gods centers on a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (The 100‘s Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a con man — but in reality one of the older gods — on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation for a battle with the new deities.
Cook will play Shadow Moon’s best friend Robbie, who promises to hold Shadow’s job for him while he’s in prison. Robbie is married to Audrey, the best friend of Shadow’s wife, Laura (Emily Browning). He provides a second shoulder for Laura to cry on while Shadow is away.
Cook is the latest name to join the cast, which also includes Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Gillian Anderson (Media), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy) and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya).
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (The River) will pen the script and serve as showrunners on the FremantleMedia North America project. David Slade will direct the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk will executive produce alongside Fuller, Green, Slade and Gaiman. Starz senior vps original programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna will oversee for the network.
Production on the 10-episode first season is underway in Toronto.
Still best known for his stand-up, Cook has dabbled in more dramatic fare in recent years such as the thriller 400 Days and a 2011 role on Hawaii Five-0. He most recently guest-starred on Comedy Central’s Workaholics.