Producers of American Gods have tapped comedian Dane Cook for an early role in the upcoming Starz show.

The show, based off of the acclaimed 2001 novel by Neil Gaiman, is due out in 2017, though casting announcements have circulated for months.

Cook is set to play Robbie, the best friend of main character Shadow Moon Ricky Whittle .

Spoiler Alert: Though it s not clear how many episodes in which Cook will appear, the novel kicks off after Shadow, who is in prison, is released early after his wife, Laura played by Emily Browning on the show , and Robbie are killed in a car accident.

Prior to the crash, Robbie helps out his friend Shadow by holding his job for him and providing emotional support for Laura.

Cook s character isn t listed on IMDB yet, though Robbie s wife is only slated to appear in two episodes in season one, if that s any indication.

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