Just a week after casting Marilyn Manson, the third season of American Gods has tapped Blythe Danner (Will & Grace) in the role of a Greek goddess.
American Gods is based upon Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name that depicts a brewing war between gods of the ancient world against the new gods of the modern world.
Danner will play Demeter, “the Greek goddess of the harvest who has an unresolved romantic history with Mr. Wednesday. But Wednesday has a bigger obstacle to overcome if he wants her help in his war effort: her involuntary commitment to a mental institution.”
“It is a rare privilege to be working with Ms. Blythe Danner, a dear friend, inspiration, and national treasure,” said executive producer/showrunner Chic Eglee. “She is our muse in crafting the role of Demeter, since no one else can bring such ethereal beauty and grace to the portrayal of a goddess.”
Season three will follow “Shadow as he attempts to break away and assert himself as his own man, setting down roots in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, WI, where he’ll uncover a dark secret while exploring questions of his own divinity. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow must decide exactly who he is: a god seeking veneration or a man in service of the ‘we’.”
The third season of the Ricky Whittle-headlined American Gods is scheduled to air on Starz in 2020 – assuming it can avoid the behind-the-scenes production troubles that plagued the second season, of course.
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