Controversial rocker and all-around music icon Marilyn Manson is getting ready to become a part of the supernatural series American Gods.
The hit Starz series is gearing up for the third season and Manson will portray, surprise, the frontrunner of a Viking metal band called Blood Death. His character is named Johan Wengren.
“Wengren and Blood Death are also a source of power for the Ian McShane-portrayed Mr. Wednesday in his war with the New Gods,” reports Deadline.
Manson is no stranger to acting. He’s mostly associated with TV in various roles and it was announced in July he has a part in the new television adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
American Gods showrunner Chic Eglee said of Manson’s inclusion to the show, “As a long-time admirer of his estimable talent as an author, artist, musician, and actor, it is dope indeed to be working with Mr. Manson in Season 3 of American Gods.”
He adds: “Bringing his specific energy, wit, and boundless enthusiasm for all-things-Neil-Gaiman to the role of Johan, a Norse ‘berserker’ in service to Odin, his performance promises to be disturbing, original, and uniquely entertaining.”
The show is based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning 2001 novel of the same name and is known for making exciting casting choices such as Gillian Anderson, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones and now Manson.
Although American Gods has been a strong addition to the Starz original content lineup, it had some shaky production issues in its first season on location in Toronto.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green showrunners left the series after the first season when they clashed with producers reports Deadline. Enter Jesse Alexander who led season two with the help of Gaiman himself.
No word yet on when the third season with Manson will premiere but given its past schedule expect it in early spring of 2020.