Josh Donaldson is trading his beloved baseball bat for a sharpened axe. That’s right, the third baseman of the Toronto Blue Jays will guest star in Season 4 of epic History Channel series “Vikings.” And according to the American League MVP, he’s pretty excited to finally show off his burly beard on the small screen.
“I’m excited to be apart of the ‘Viking’ series,” he said in a video released by the network. “I’ve been working on this beard and this hair for months. Let’s raid.”
— HISTORY Canada (@HistoryTVCanada) January 21, 2016
Donaldson will get his wish to partake in a bloody battle when “Vikings” returns Thursday, Feb. 18. The 30-year-old athlete is set to portray Hoskuld, a Nordic “warrior of great skill,” according to the character description.
The two-time All-Star will make his way to Ireland to begin filming this week — so keep your eye on his Twitter account for potential behind-the-scenes pictures. After all, the Florida-born baseball player is no stranger to documenting his ever-eventful life. In December, the athlete snapped a photo of his Ragnar-inspired locks, teasing just how big of a fan he is of the Michael Hirst-created drama.
New hairstyle for this coming up season!! ☔️☔️ pic.twitter.com/9V9gxOaOpj
— Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20) December 2, 2015
The episode Donaldson will appear in will air in the second half of the fourth season. When “Vikings” was renewed for a Season 4 in March 2015, it was revealed that the show was being extended into a 20-episode arc. Part 1 would kick off in February while the remaining 10 episodes will air after the show’s break.
“Vikings” will airs its Season 4 premiere on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m. EST on the History Channel.