So just what’s been revealed about season two of the deliciously gruesome and scandalous FX show American Horror Story, which will begin airing in October? Those who watched know that season one starred Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and Taissa Farmiga as a family who moved into a very haunted house in present day California. Season two will feature none of these actors, be set in the 1960’s on the East Coast and revolve around a mental institution.
So what will be the same? Certain actors from season one, although portraying different characters in a completely different storyline. Academy Award winning actress Jessica Lange, who garnered Golden Globe, Bram Stoker and SAG awards for AHS, will be back. She will portray the nun who runs the mental hospital. Also in for season two are Evan Peters (who played a serial killer/ghost/romantic lead in season one), Sarah Paulson (the psychic Billie Dean), Lily Rabe (the ghost of the woman for whom the house was built) and Zachary Quinto (a ghost/former owner of the house murdered by Peters’ character). For more on season one, click here.
According to Meredith Woerner’s July 26, 2012, article, on io9.com, show creator Ryan Murphy said there will be no ghosts in season two, but instead, “The story is a period piece in a mental institution based largely on truth, and truth is always scarier than fiction.”
Confirmed new cast members for season two include:
Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) as a head doctor and, according to Entertainment Weekly, Lange’s love interest.
Adam Levine, singer for Maroon 5 and coach on talent show The Voice.
Jenna Dewan (Step Up) as the wife of Levine’s character.
James Cromwell (The Green Mile) as a doctor who works for Lange’s character.
Chloë Sevigny (American Psycho, Sisters) as an inpatient committed by her husband because of her overactive sexuality.
Mark Consuelos as a patient. Consuelos is married in real life to Kelly Ripa, who was Regis’ co-host after the Consuelos and Ripa played a couple on the daytime soap All My Children.
Lizzie Brocheré, a French actress, as a wild, sex-crazed young woman.
Chris Zylka (My Super Psycho Sweet 16) as a deaf mute.
Clea DuVall (The Faculty, The Grudge).
Britne Oldford from the MTV teen drama Skins.
Franka Potente (Run, Lola, Run) as a patient in two episodes.
The DVD of season one is available on September 25, so pre-order now.