And it's a role he can relate to...

MARILYN MANSON has taken on a new acting role.

Fans who were disappointed that his supposed casting as Willy Wonka in the Tim Burton remake came to nothing can take comfort in the fact that the antichrist superstar has been cast in new project ‘Area-51’.

But it isn’t a film role – Manson will lend his voice to an alien called Edgar who acts as narrator in the new computer game.

The new first-person shoot-em-up takes place in the US’s government’s supposed alien research facility in Nevada, where conspiracy theorists believe the Roswell alien autopsies were carried out.

Manson told MTV: “The thing about ‘Area-51’ that was interesting to me was that I’d be portraying an alien who shares a lot of similar feelings that I do, such as a distaste for mankind in general. It’s a game for people who don’t necessarily trust the government, who don’t trust everything they’re told or taught in school.

“Edgar is only helping the player along out of spite or his own convenience. It’s like a game to him. You don’t really know if he’s good or bad, he kind of represents both sides of the spectrum.”

Also lending his voice to the game is David Duchovny, no stranger to alien conspiracies after his years on ‘The X Files’.

Marilyn Manson releases a Best Of compilation, ‘Lest We Forget’ on September 27, to be preceded by a single, a cover of [a][/a]’s 1989 hit ‘Personal Jesus’.