Oscar winning actress Geena Davis has joined the cast of the Netflix series GLOW. The 63 year old will be playing a former showgirl turned entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
GLOW, a fictional series that follows the story of a group of female wrestlers breaking barriers in what is predominantly a male “sport” in the 1980’s has been a huge hit for Netflix since premiering for the streaming company two years ago. At the end of the second season the girls packed their bags and headed to Las Vegas where they planned on continuing their careers. For the third season the girls are now headliners at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, and the girls quickly discover that Vegas is much harder than TV. The girls start struggling with their own identities, both in and out of the ring, and find themselves questioning their choices.
Davis signed on to appear in 5 of the 10 season 3 episodes. It hadn’t been announced that she had even signed onto the show until after the trailer for the new season was released yesterday.
GLOW is based on the 1980’s program of the same name, but the story is completely fiction. It follows Ruth Wilder (played by Alison Brie) who was an out of work actress in Los Angeles who stumbles upon an opportunity to make it big when she tries out for a role in a new wrestling program. Together with 12 other LA misfits they grow the business and become a hit, but not without complications.
GLOW Season 3 launches Aug. 9 on Netflix.