Jack the Giant Killer has had a blitzkrieg of casting news lately, as Bryan Singer’s “adult fairy tale” (not what you’re thinking) snowballs its way to the big screen.  And today, another piece of the puzzle fell into place.

Ian McShane, otherwise known as the chilling badass Al Swearington from HBO’s Deadwood, has now been confirmed to star in the film as well.  McShane’s having a busy year, as he’ll also appear as Blackbeard in Pirates of the Carribean: We’re Really Running This Into The Ground, Aren’t We?

According to /Film:

Bryan Singer is pulling the final pieces into place for his ‘adult fairy tale’ Jack the Giant Killer. He’s got Nicholas Hoult playing the title character and Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess Jack hopes to rescue. And now Ian McShane is in the cast as a king in the human realm.

“The story sees an old, uneasy truce between giants and humans in danger thanks to the kidnapped princess. Ian McShane is the girl’s father, King Brahmwell, ‘who is none too thrilled about a union between his daughter and a farmer boy.’”

I’m still not seeing how this isn’t just a kid’s tale and is really an “adult” take on the fantasy genre, but I trust Singer and, again, nobody does chilling badass quite like McShane, so this could be one of 2011’s more interesting films.

What do you think of the casting news?