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Ian McShane to Play a King for NBC

Once, he played a cunning criminal. Now, he's ruling an ancient nation.

Deadwood's Ian McShane has joined the cast of NBC's drama Kings, which is based on the life of the Biblical king of Israel. He will play King Silas, modeled on the Bible's King Saul, who welcomes David (Christopher Egan) into his court but ultimately becomes jealous and vengeful toward him.

Kings hasn't shot a pilot yet, but it's rumored to be a virtual lock for NBC's Fall schedule, which the network is announcing Wednesday, weeks before any of the other major networks unveil their lineups.

I'm guessing McShane won't get to be as, er, profane on NBC as he was on HBO. But I'm glad to see the Golden Globe winner taking on another powerful and authoritative role. Deadwood fans, do you think you'll be able to believe McShane as royalty rather than an outlaw?

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