'American Horror Story: Hotel': Matt Bomer is in but this actress is out
The new season of the FX drama will reportedly include actors Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson. However, Jessica Lange, who has starred in previous 'Horror' seasons, says she is finished with the show.
A couple more actors are checking into “American Horror Story: Hotel.”
The news came during a panel about the show that was held at Paleyfest. Bomer is no stranger to the show – he appeared on the most recent installment of “American Horror Story,” which took place at a circus. Jackson and Bomer had previously appeared on “Horror” creator Ryan Murphy’s show “Glee.”
“I love collaborating with Ryan Murphy,” Bomer said during the panel, according to Variety. “It feels like this world where there are no bounds.”
There were other casting changes mentioned at the panel. According to Deadline, actress Jessica Lange, who has appeared in all previous “Horror” installments, said, “I’m done,” presumably meaning she will not be in the “Hotel” episodes.
“We’ve had a great run here,” Lange, who won various prizes, including multiple Emmy Awards, for her work on the show, said during the panel, according to Deadline. “I mean, I absolutely love doing these four characters, and in all the madness, I love the writers and Ryan [Murphy] and the insanity of shooting it.”
Lange had taken on various roles for the past four “Horror” seasons. The show features various actors, including Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, and Denis O’Hare, in different roles, depending on the story that season.
As we previously reported, the “Hotel” episodes will include a character played by singer Lady Gaga. Murphy’s show “Glee,” which centers on a high school glee club and features the cast performing various songs, at one point had an all-Gaga episode.
Can “Horror” sustain itself creatively as it moves forward? Reviews from last season were mixed, with Paste writer Ross Bonaime writing that the season finale was “wonderful” but that during the second half of the season, “the series did start to fumble into allowing the show to go in too many directions, with too many characters and too many stories.” Meanwhile, A.V. Club writer Emily L. Stephens called the season “meandering [and] messy” and Matt Fowler of IGN wrote that “the show has gotten less exciting and vibrant with each subsequent year… it still didn't have enough story to fill 13 episodes.”
Lange departing will certainly be a change for the show, so while many who watched the show will no doubt miss her, perhaps her departure will force the show's team to push in new creative directions.