Ian McShane Fit for Kings

Ian McShane, of Deadwood fame, will appear in a new NBC pilot called Kings. Created by Heroes writer-producer Michael Green, Kings is loosely based on the story of King David. The pilot stars Christopher Egan as a pure-hearted young warrior who joins the court of the charming, controlling King Silas (played by Mr. McShane, naturally). The kingly part won’t be too far from Mr. McShane’s recent stint on stage as the patriarch in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true McShane role if there wasn’t something a bit devious about the character. “The bad boys get all the best lines,” he told the Observer in January with a mischievous grin. “As they say, the devil plays the best tune.”