More casting news coming in for Season 2 of the hit FX show “American Horror Story”. Hot on the heels of the news that the wonderful Jessica Lange would be returning to the series, more cast members have jumped into a new role with her!
According to Deadline Zachary Quinto, who did a scene-stealing four-episode arc on the first season of the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk drama as the Harmon house’s doomed former co-owner Chad Warwick, will be back as a series regular in Season 2, joining Jessica Lange. Like Lange, he will play a brand new character next season, which is set at an East Coast institution. Quinto will play one of two male leads and the nemesis to Lange’s character, which will be at the center of the Season 2 storyline.
While Lange had been expected to return — she confirmed ongoing negotiations at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, where she won for her performance on the show — Quinto’s return had been kept under wraps until now. Quinto and Murphy are friends; that’s how Quinto’s original stint on the show came about. After the critical praise Quinto received for his arc, he was open to coming back. “I had an amazing time and I only did four episodes of the season, so it was just a little bit of an appetizer for me; I would love to work more,” he said in an online interview last month. An anthology series like “AHS” is perfectly suited for Quinto, who wants to keep a hand in television but, busy as an actor and producer on the feature side, can’t make the 5- to 6-year commitment required on a regular series.
Update From Paley Fest
In addition to Lange and Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe will also return for Season Two, each of them playing brand new characters. “We don’t want to talk about it too much; we’re still writing, and anybody could pop up at any time,” said co-creator Ryan Murphy at a PaleyFest panel earlier this evening.
Um, this should be … interesting?
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