Blythe Danner has been cast on Season 3 of Starz’s “American God” in the recurring guest role of Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest “who has an unresolved romantic history” with Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday (also known as the Old God Odin).
“However, Wednesday has a bigger obstacle to overcome if he wants her help in his war effort — her involuntary commitment to a mental institution,” according to the character description.
Danner is currently set to appear in four episodes of the small-screen adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel’s upcoming third season, which begins production this fall. Her season casting follows that of series newcomer Marilyn Manson.
“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. “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 McShane, Ricky Whittle, Orlando Jones, Emily Browning, Pablo Schrieber, Kahyun Kim and Dean Winters.
Here’s the description for Season 3, courtesy of Starz:
“American Gods” chronicles a war brewing between the Old Gods of ancient mythological roots and the New Gods of modern technology. Ex-con Shadow Moon has spent two seasons following his mysterious boss Mr. Wednesday (aka the Norse All-Father Odin) around the country, only to discover at the end of last season that the Old God is actually his father.
This season follows Shadow as he attempts to break away and assert himself as his own man, setting down roots in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin, 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.”
“American Gods” is executive produced by Eglee, Gaiman, Anne Kenney, Damian Kindler, David Paul Francis, Mark Tinker, Ian McShane, Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk. The series hails from Fremantle.