American actor Pablo Schreiber replaces Sean Harris in the role of Mad Sweeney for Starz’s American Gods.
Pablo Schreiber (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, 13 Hours) has joined the cast of Starz’s original series, American Gods. He will be playing Mad Sweeney, a role that was originally going to be played by British actor Sean Harris (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) but had to leave due to personal reasons.
The series chronicles a war that is brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of 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 (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a conman who in reality is one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
Mad Sweeney is a down on his luck leprechaun, who is having a hard time understanding how he lost his charm and way. Always up for a good fight, Sweeney is never deprived while in the employment of Mr. Wednesday.
Only a week’s worth of filming was done with Harris as Mad Sweeney, which will be re-shot with Schreiber.
The series is currently filming in Toronto, Canada with writers and showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green.