Marilyn Manson is no stranger to starring in TV shows and films at this point, though his new role is a pretty strange one. According to Deadline, Manson has been hired to for the third season of Neil Gaiman's American Gods to play "Johan Wengren, lead singer of the Viking death metal band Blood Death." Apparently Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg wasn't available for the role, or Gaiman has something really specific in mind (which he probably does – dude is phenomenal).
Here's what showrunner Chic Eglee had to say about the casting.
“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."
Marilyn Manson is currently working with singer-songwriter Shooter Jennings, as well as new bassist Juan Alderete (Racer X, The Mars Volta) and drummer Brandon Pertzborn (Ho99o9), on a record due out this year.