Sarah Paulson confirmed that Jessica Lange will be returning for season 8 of American Horror Story (AHS) in a press conference on Friday.
Paulson, one of the executive producers of the show, confirmed that Lange would be returning to Ryan Murphy’s anthology series. She said, “Jessica will be returning as Constance in an episode that I’m going to direct.” Paulson will be directing the season’s sixth episode. She confirmed the news in an all-female press conference in Beverly Hills on Friday. Other panelists included executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall and stars Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter and Kathy Bates.
Lange appeared on AHS for the first four seasons. Her first character on the show was Constance Langdon in 2011, and she has played three other characters since. Her last appearance on the show was in the season four finale. She garnered four Emmy nominations for her acting on the show, and won two awards. After her stint on AHS, she went on to collaborate with creator Ryan Murphy for the first season of Feud, in which she starred as Joan Crawford opposite Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis.
During the press conference, the panelists also revealed the names of their characters. Paulson will be playing Billie Dean Howard (Murder House and Hotel), Cordelia Foxx (Coven) and Ms. Wilhelmina Venable. Leslie Grossman will play Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt, Billie Lourd will play Mallory and Adina Porter will play Dinah Stevens. Emma Roberts will be reprising her Coven role of Madison Montgomery, and said, “It’s delicious to play her again.” She also added, “Yesterday the director actually told me to play it bitchier, which I didn’t think was possible!” Lange’s character was not revealed.
The announcement of Lange’s return comes on the heels of FX announcing that the show, which was previously renewed until season 9, has also been renewed for a tent season. It was also announced that Cody Fern would be joining the cast as Michael Langdon, the child of Tate Langdon and Vivien Harmon who was born during the events of Murder House. In the epilogue of the season finale, it was revealed that Michael was the Anti-Christ. Paulson also confirmed that Evan Peters will be part of the cast and plays a hairdresser.
Season eight will be the long-awaited crossover between Murder House and Coven, the first and third seasons of the series. It will be set eighteen months into the future and as Woodall explained, “The story begins with the end of the world. It starts in the real world. It’s very tangible, and it’s a familiar panic.”
American Horror Story: Apocalypse will premiere on FX on September 12.