Netflix’s GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) season 3 has added Geena Davis to the cast. The streaming giant’s original comedy-drama series is inspired by real events with fictional characters. Set in Los Angeles in the 1980s, GLOW became a fan favorite after a stellar first two seasons, and earned numerous nominations and awards.
Created by Liz Flavine and Carly Mensch, GLOW follows struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), who lands an audition for a syndicated wrestling circuit. Ruth is among twelve other Hollywood castaways who become passionate about creating footprints in the world of wrestling. Riddled with glitter, spandex, and complex moves, the wrestling ring is under the guide of B-movie director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). Ruth’s life and body are continually turned upside down, especially when her former best friend and soap actress Debbie Eagen (Betty Gilpin) joins the team as the headlining Liberty Belle. After numerous setbacks, arguments and personal strife, the end of season 2 finds those involved with GLOW to have grown exponentially. Offered a break from LA and with potential to become more successful, the GLOW crew find themselves headed to Las Vegas. Now, this recent casting addition brings further anticipation for season 3.
According to Deadline, Davis will play Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, a former showgirl turned entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. The plot of season 3 will find the women of GLOW realizing Sin City is much more ruthless than the City of Angels. Ruth’s emblazoned spirit will start to dwindle from personal complications, and Debbie’s guilt for leaving her son behind will further challenge her role as a producer. As the women struggle with their identities in their new residency, the line between performance and reality remains a blur. Davis is an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress with an impressive list of credits to her name, including A League of Their Own, Thelma & Louise, Commander in Chief, and Grey’s Anatomy. GLOW marks the second Netflix series Davis will join in the third season, as she'll voice Huntara in She-Ra and the Princess of Power.
Given Davis’ vast range of talent, there’s no doubt her character will add complexity and depth to her five - of the ten - episodes for season 3. The new season of GLOW is in the hands of executive producers Tara Herrmann and Jenji Kohan. Herrmann and Kohan previously worked together on Kohan’s brainchildren Weeds and Orange is the New Black. Creators Flavine and Mensch are set as the showrunners in addition to their producing duties.
GLOW is renowned for its ensemble of talent and impeccable performances. However, in order for the series to grow, a change in scenery and cast is necessary. Davis is the perfect selection to play a resolute, resilient and wise professional who endured strife to climb to the top - a reflection of Davis’ own career. Davis and her character Sandy will likely dole out a slew of life lessons to the girls. Given Davis’ natural charm, depth and aptitude in her work, she’ll generously contribute to the heart and the growth of GLOW.
GLOW season 3 premieres August 9 on Netflix.