Danner, currently set for four episodes, will play Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest who has an unresolved romantic history with Mr. Wednesday. However, Wednesday has a bigger obstacle to overcome if he wants her help in his war effort – her involuntary commitment to a mental institution.
“It is a rare privilege to be working with Ms. Blythe Danner, a dear friend, inspiration, and national treasure,” said executive producer Chic Eglee. “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 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 produced by Fremantle and begins production on Season Three this fall with executive producer Charles H. Eglee, at the helm, alongside executive producers Neil Gaiman, Anne Kenney, Damian Kindler, David Paul Francis, Mark Tinker, Ian McShane, Craig Cegielski, and Stefanie Berk.
Written by Neil Gaiman in 2001, American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel.