It is believed that the actor has won a part in ITV’s new drama ‘Beowulf’ - which is already being compared to ‘Game Of Thrones’ - just days after holding his ‘Corrie’ leaving ‘do.
A close friend of the actor is reported to have told The Sun: “Ian thinks it’s unbelievable and he is so looking forward to it.
“It’s unusual to land such a job within days of finishing at the Street.
“Playing a Scandinavian warrior is a little different to Owen Armstrong, but he is well up for the challenge.”
The series is based on the epic poem of the same name, and filming is due to begin in the North East later this month.
The 13-part series is described by ITV as “a series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course love.
“It is a series that explores the notion of good and evil, heroes and villains.
“However, beyond these wider political undercurrents and inner, personal turmoils are the excitement, danger and sense of adventure that any great Western has.
“Epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles are an essential part of the promise.”
The show is expected to arrive on TV screens in January 2016.