"Deadwood" may be approaching the end of its run, but don't worry about the health of Ian McShane's career.
The Golden Globe-winning actor has signed on for vocal duties on Laika Entertainment and Focus Features' adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline."
The stop-motion animation project is being directed by Henry Selick and Mike Cachuela.
"Coraline" tells the story of a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who discovers a mysterious door that leads her into a parallel reality, a slightly more fantastical version of her own life. Among the strange people she meets are Miss Forcible and Miss Spink (Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders) and a counterfeit mother (Teri Hatcher) who attempts to keep her.
McShane will voice Mr. Bobinski, a beet-eating Russian giant who lives upstairs from Coraline in her alternate reality.
"All the characters who inhabit Coraline's shadowy other world are surprising and unpredictable -- Mr. Bobinski has an edge to him that is both comic and villainous, and Ian is the perfect actor to bring him to roaring life," Selick says.
Although his run as Al Swearengen will end after this season (and a pair of two-hour HBO telefilms), McShane has lined up enough work to keep him busy for a while. In addition to his role in Woody Allen's just-released "Scoop," McShane has completed production on "We Are Marshall" and has set himself up for gigs in the comedy "Hot Rod" and the drama "Case 39." He's also set to do vocal work in next summer's "Shrek" sequel and in the animated comedy "Kung Fu Panda."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun