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Marilyn Manson lands role as Viking death metal vocalist in American Gods

Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson (Image credit: Presley Ann - Getty)

Marilyn Manson has landed a role in the upcoming third season of American Gods.

The show based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel of the same name (opens in new tab) stars Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Ricky Whittle and Gillian Anderson – with Deadline (opens in new tab) reporting that Manson will play Johan Wengren, the lead singer of Viking death metal band Blood Death.

American Gods’ show runner Chic Eglee tells the website: “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.

“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 show will premiere on the Starz network (opens in new tab) in the US in 2020 and an internationally on Amazon Prime (opens in new tab).

In July, Manson spoke about his upcoming studio album (opens in new tab) which will see him hook up once again with  Shooter Jennings, with whom Manson collaborated on a David Bowie cover in 2016.

He told Revolver: “I’m in a mode in life where I wanted to tell stories with this record, and it's sort of like a wax museum of my thoughts, a study of the chamber of horrors in my head."

The as-yet-untitled record will be the follow-up to 2017’s Heaven Upside Down (opens in new tab).

Manson will return to the road later this month for a run of live shows across the US (opens in new tab).

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