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While it's sad to see the summer months coming to a close, it's an exciting time for hardcore TV fans. Because the fall brings along a bevy of premiers, as network and cable shows once again return to regular programming. There are also quite a few shows that air exclusively in the fall, chief among them being Ryan Murphy's massively popular anthology series American Horror Story. This season has been titled Cult, and will influenced by the 2016 Presidential Election. Many of the cast's roles are still a mystery, although Murphy just revealed who actress/writer/director Lena Dunham will be playing in her first TV roles since Girls wrapped.
Lena Dunham will be playing infamous radical feminist Valarie Solanas when she eventually appears on Cult. Solanas rose to fame in the late 1960s, primarily for attempting to assassinate famed artist Andy Warhol. She also famously wrote her SCUM Manifesto, which encouraged women to overthrow the patriarchal society by any means-- including killing men. According to Deadline, Dunham's role will reportedly occur through flashback sequences, and she'll appear in the seventh episode of the season, titled "Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag".
Valarie Solanas will figure into the story because of how Cult is framing its overall narrative. While not actually about the election, the series will reportedly focus on cult leaders, and how they're able to manipulate followers when they're feeling disenfranchised. While the season will be set primarily in modern day, we'll see historic cult figures like Solanas, Charles Manson, and Jim Jones.
It's no doubt purposeful that Lena Dunham will be playing a radical feminist in American Horror Story: Cult, given her colorful reputation. Dunham is a feminist political activist, in addition to her acclaimed work on the small screen. She's garnered a fair amount of controversy regarding her work over the years, and has been called a radical feminist by a few of her critics. Now she'll be able to actually occupy that space, playing someone convicted of attempted murder and assault and likely having some tongue in cheek moments for the haters.
This news is just the latest in the details about American Horror Story: Cult that have trickled out over the past week or so. The first trailer arrived this week, introducing the lead actors including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Billie Lourd. After the 2016 Presidential Election, the anxiety of Sarah Paulson's Ally Mayfair-Richards begins to spike, especially her fear of clowns. Evan Peters will be playing a variety of roles this season, including the various cult leaders throughout history.
American Horror Story: Cult will premiere September 5, 2017 on FX; we'll be sure to update you on more information about the season as it becomes public. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.