We were already super excited when we saw the teaser images for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the eighth season of the long-running horror anthology series. Well get ready to get even more jazzed — Jessica Lange is making her long-awaited return to the American Horror Story cast.
While we found out back in June that the American Horror Story cast for Season 8 would include returning actors Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates would star, we held out hope that Connie Britton and Jessica Lange would come back too. Thankfully, we got half of our wish; it was announced Friday at the Television Critics’ Association press tour that she’d be coming back as Constance Langdon, her role from Season 1, “Murder House.”
Aside from Constance Langdon, she’s also played Sister Jude in American Horror Story: Asylum, Fiona Goode in Coven and Elsa Mars in Freak Show. Not only that, but both she and Ryan Murphy have said that Freak Show was based on her idea.
Until now, Season 4 was the last time Lange joined the American Horror Story cast. She even said that her retirement from the show was going to coincide with her retirement from acting. Thankfully, that didn’t last long; last year, she starred in Feud, the Murphy show about the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. (Sadly, it looks like we’ll have to wait for Feud season 2 — the same day we got the Lange news, it was revealed that FX had put the kibosh on the new season, which would have looked at Prince Charles and Lady Di.)
American Horror Story: Apocalypse will reportedly be a crossover between Murder House and Coven, the first and third seasons. It’s set to debut Sept. 12. No other details on the plot have been revealed, but the teaser art makes it look like season 8 might be about a demonic baby — shades of The Omen perhaps?