Jessica Lange And Three Others To Return To American Horror Story For Season 2
There were a number of things that worked for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s FX drama series American Horror Story, and Jessica Lange was one of them. So it’s especially good news that she’s not only set to return for Season 2, but that her character will play a big role in the season. And there’s a twist...
We learned last year, following the conclusion of the first season of the FX horror-drama American Horror Story that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk planned to start fresh for Season 2, taking the show to a new location, likely to be filled with new horrors. Well, they’re taking a similar approach with Jessica Lange, it seems. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lange will return for Season 2, however she won’t be playing Constance.
“We have designed the second season of American Horror Story completely around her character,” Murphy told EW exclusively. “Last year Jessica came in with Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott. This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I’m very excited about it. We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She and I have spoken about different things. She has a lot of ideas, and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress. She’s a great collaborator and a great friend.”
I actually sort of love this news. As great (meaning twisted, dark and sometimes downright mean) as Constance was, creating a new character likely means giving Lange another chance to knock our socks off with her performance, without the writers being forced to figure out a way to work the old character into the new story. Whether this proves to be a brilliant move on the part of Murphy remains to be seen, but it sure is exciting.
Meanwhile, Lange isn’t the only former cast-member set to return for Season 2. Those names won’t be disclosed until Friday during the PaleyFest panel. Given that we know that they’re willing to create new characters for old cast members, it could really be anyone. If I had to pick three, I’d probably go with Evan Tate, Denis O’Hare and Frances Conroy, but there really isn’t a single person from the first season’s cast that I wouldn’t love to see return for Season 2.
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