Blythe Danner joins American Gods season 3 in guest role
A week after landing Marilyn Manson for a role in the upcoming third season, Starz’s adaptation of the acclaimed Neil Gaiman novel American Gods has signed Will & Grace‘s Blythe Danner for a guest appearance, according to The Wrap.
Danner has signed on to star in four episodes as Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest who has an unresolved romantic history with Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday, aka Odin, but the old god must attempt to break her out of a mental asylum in order to earn her assistance for the coming war.
“It is a rare privilege to be working with Ms. Blythe Danner, a dear friend, inspiration, and national treasure,” executive producer/showrunner Chic Eglee said in a statement. “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.
American Gods stars Ricky Whittle (The 100, Austenland) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood, Ray Donovan) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Legend) as Laura Moon, and Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) as Mad Sweeney. Other cast members include Yetide Badaki (Aquarius, Masters of Sex) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr. World, and Orlando Jones (Madiba, Sleepy Hollow) as Mr. Nancy.
Season 2 of the Starz drama follows the battle moving inexorably towards a crisis point as the destinies of gods and men collide. While Mr. World plots revenge for the attack against him in Season 1, Shadow throws in his lot with Wednesday’s attempt to convince the Old Gods of the case for full-out war, with Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow. A council at the House on the Rock explodes into chaos, sending deities both Old and New on quests across America that will converge on Cairo, Illinois forcing Shadow to carve out a place as a believer in this strange new world of living gods — a dark world where change demands commitment and faith requires terrible sacrifice.
American Gods is adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel. Gaiman serves as an executive producer on the series, which is produced by FremantleMedia. The Walking Dead alum Chic Eglee was brought on board as showrunner for the third season.
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