“American Horror Story” is returning in the fall with its fifth season, subtitled “Hotel.” If you were a fan of Seasons 1 and 2, “Hotel” might be right up your alley, since it returns the focus to being on a place rather than a group of people.
The latest guest checking into “Hotel” is “Twin Peaks” and “Witches of East End” alum Madchen Amick. The actress tweeted a clue for fans of “American Horror Story” that she would be joining the cast and creator Ryan Murphy confirmed it at the 2015 TCA summer press tour Thursday (Aug. 6).
“She is playing the mother of a boy who becomes ill,” says Murphy. “Chloe Sevigny plays a doctor and [Amick] is the mother who is involved in that case.”
Here’s everything else we know so far about “American Horror Story: Hotel.”
Finn Wittrock, who played the insane, murderous Dandy Mott in “American Horror Story’s” fourth season, “Freak Show,” is checking back into the “AHS”-verse. Creator Ryan Murphy tweets that Wittrock will play one-third of a love triangle that involves Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer. Is that love triangle better or worse than one with Sarah Paulson playing conjoined twins?
Kathy Bates, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress who appeared in previous seasons “Coven” and “Freak Show,” has joined the series. Details about her role are scarce, but Murphy does tease on Twitter that Bates is “running the hotel.”
On April 13 FX announced that Sarah Paulson would return for “Hotel.” She has appeared in all four previous iterations of the show. As with previously announced cast members, the specifics of her new role are unknown. Murphy was kind enough to tweet though that Paulson’s character will be “the baddest bad girl of them all.”
On April 24, FX announced Evan Peters was the latest franchise regular to sign on for “Hotel.” Peters has appeared in all five seasons of “American Horror Story,” most recently as the web-handed Jimmy Darling in “AHS: Freak Show.” Little is known about his character at this time other than a little clue tweeted by Ryan Murphy accompanying the announcement.
Entertainment Weekly reports Rabe is playing a serial killer. The actress will “portray a famous murderer who has stayed at the titular hotel.”
Rabe played a large role in each of the first three seasons of “AHS” — Nora Montgomery in “Murder House,” SIster Mary Eunice in “Asylum” and Misty Day in “Coven” — and in “Freak Show,” she reprised her role of Sister Mary Eunice in a flashback for Pepper.
No Jessica Lange
Sorry, fans. We love Jessica Lange as much as you do, but we’re all just going to have to come to grips with the fact that she’s not going to be a part of “AHS: Hotel.” She told the Paleyfest audience earlier this year, “We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. … but yes, I’m done.”
This supermodel is the latest victim to join the FX series. TVLine reports she’ll go “toe-to-toe” with Lady Gaga as a fashion editor who “pays the ultimate price for her critiques.” Campbell reportedly also will have scenes with Angela Bassett during her multi-episode arc.
In lieu of Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story” has added Lady Gaga to the roster. That’s not to say Gaga is suddenly taking over the lead part. Smart money is on Sarah Paulson for that (since she’s already kind of been the co-lead for several seasons). But Mother Monster herself is joining the cast, in a role that Murphy guarantees will “shock people.”
Some familiar faces
Chloe Sevigny and Wes Bentley are both checking into the “Hotel.” Murphy announced on Twitter that Sevigny (“Asylum”) and Bentley (“Freak Show”) will both be series regulars for Season 5 of “AHS.” Denis O’Hare, who has appeared in three former seasons of “AHS,” will also be returning for “Hotel.”
Furthermore, Emma Roberts, who starred in the “Coven” and “Freak Show” seasons of the anthology series, will return for the next installment of “AHS.” “She’s still going to do a couple episodes of ‘Horror Story’ at the end, I think,” creator Ryan Murphy tells Zap2it, adding, “She comes at the end. She comes and she has a great thing with Evan Peters at the end.”
Roberts will jump into “AHS” after she finishes shooting the first season of Murphy’s “Scream Queens,” which wraps in early October.
More Murphy alums
In addition to some returning “AHS” actors, it was announced at Paleyfest that frequent Murphy collaborators Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart,” “Freak Show”) and Cheyenne Jackson (“Glee”) will also be joining the “Hotel” cast.
E! Online says the Broadway actor and “Glee” alum is in talks to play Justin, a Los Angeles hipster who checks into the hotel on Halloween with his girlfriend. But after he proves to be a demanding guest, Kathy Bates’ character, who runs the hotel, gives Criss and the girlfriend a Halloween trick “they will never forget.”
New faces too
Murphy promises new-to-the-series Max Greenfield (“New Girl”) will appear in the series “like you’ve never seen him.” Murphy’s tweet also says that Greenfield will be checking into the hotel and never checking out. Does that mean he’s in for a gory death or is “Hotel” going to be more of a “Hotel California” situation?
“American Horror Story: Hotel” premieres in October 2015.