The former soap star will take on the lead role in ‘American Gods’, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel.
Filming is set to start in the spring, and author Neil has shared his joy at the casting, stating that Ricky’s auditions “were remarkable”.
“The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it on to the screen has begun,” he says. “‘American Gods’ is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be ‘Coming to America’.
“I’m delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”
This isn’t Ricky’s first huge role Stateside, as shortly after swapping Blighty for Hollywood in 2014, he landed a role in CW’s ‘The 100’.
The actor isn’t the only British star to succeed in the States, and a number of his fellow ‘Hollyoaks’ co-stars have landed roles in ‘Game Of Thrones’, while ‘EastEnders’ actor Ben Hardy will star in the upcoming ‘X-Men’ movie.
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