Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will return to FX‘s American Horror Story as all-new characters for Season 3 later this year.
Peters and Paulson, who both appeared in the original AHS and the current Asylum incarnation, join returning cast member Jessica Lange, who, like the rest of the cast, will play an entirely new character in the next season.
Executive producer Ryan Murphy announced the news via a press Q&A, adding that some other faces from the first year will return. Murphy teased that, just as Season 2 had Bloody Face, Season 3 will have “a great icon — and it’s a woman.”
As for the setting of the next installment, Murphy tweeted:
Tonight on a new American Horror Story: THREE Season 3 clues and THREE untimely deaths!!!
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) January 16, 2013 …
…in reference to the penultimate episode.
I watched the episode looking for ‘clues’ but really, there just wasn’t enough to go on. TVLine says they think it will be a ‘Southern -fried’ theme, which is as good a guess as any. I’m more interested in the returning actors and am especially intrigued that some actors from the first season are coming back. It was a smaller cast then, so it narrows it down a bit. I’d love to see Taissa Farmiga back.
Here’s the rest of the TVLine blurb:
Other Season 3 teases from Murphy:
- The storyline will consist of “something funnier” because he missed what Jessica Lange’s Constance brought to Season 1.
- Lange is returning partly because Murphy promised her “hair and makeup and the best designer gowns ever” after she had to be so dressed down this season. Her character is described as “a glamour cat leading lady.”
- Season 3 will be “more historical in nature” and have a “different tone” than Season 2. But, says Murphy, “That’s the joy of the show.” It will also take place in modern day, but just like past seasons, we will see different “time periods” and “there [will] also be different cities.”
- In addition to AHS vets Lange, Paulson and Peters, “We want to have some new people come in and some [Season 1] people come back.” As for the new people, Murphy says he is looking to cast “actors Jessica wanted to work with.”
- Peters will “probably go back to playing a sobbing psychopath.”
- Regarding Paulson, “I know who [she's] playing,” Murphy stated, before adding with a laugh, “She does not.”
AHS: Asylum ends its run on Jan. 23; the new 13-episode season begins production this summer and season 3 will premiere in Fall, 2013