In early January, American Horror Story creator and EP Ryan Murphy was still pretty tight-lipped about what Season 8 of his anthology series would bring. But at a For-Your-Consideration Emmy event in Los Angeles this past Friday, he was much more forthcoming about what the next installment will include. As Deadline reports, the biggest reveals are that Evan Peters will be playing a comedic hair stylist, Joan Collins will be playing his grandmother, and that the series will take place 18 months from now.
On the heels of such a politically motivated season, one that took its cues from reality, Murphy also said that Season 8 is “heightened [and] It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum, and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”
Murphy then played a game with his fellow panelists and AHS alumni where they were allowed to ask any question about the new season except “am I in it?” So far we do know that in addition to Peters and Collins, Sarah Paulson (of course) and Kathy Bates will be returning. When asked if Anjelica Huston could also be a part of the Season 8 cast, Murphy said, “(we’re) talking. I love her.”
Murphy did reveal that the new season would start shooting in June, but did not confirm the rumored title “Radioactive.” In answering his panelist’s questions, he also said that three of the leads in the new season are minority women, and that Peters would be playing a hairstylist (after a question Peters asked about wigs), noting that it would be a much less taxing role for Peters to play than what he did in Cult.
Though Murphy just signed a massive deal with Netflix, it seems like he’s still very much committed to his American Horror Story franchise at FX. However, he also recently said that the fourth season of American Crime Story would not longer focus on Monica Lewinsky, and they were looking for something else to base it on (which could leave its future in doubt). For now though, American Horror Story fans can remain certain that the series will be sticking around for awhile — and in the meantime, you should check out the current and very underrated season of American Crime Story.