Deadline is reporting that rocker Marilyn Manson has signed on for a role in the third season of Starz’s Neil Gaiman series American Gods for a four-episode guest role.
Mandson will take on the role of Johan Wengren, the bloodthirsty lead singer of the Viking death metal band Blood Death, who are a source of power for Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in his war with the New Gods.
“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,” said showrunner Chic Eglee. “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 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.