Jessica Lange has confirmed that she won’t be returning for Season Five of American Horror Story, the spooky US TV series co-created by Glee‘s Ryan Murphy.
Each season of American Horror Story introduces a new setting and characters, but Lange had played a key role in all four seasons, winning two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her performances as a sinister neighbour, sharp-tongued nun, hedonistic witch and deluded freak show leader.
Speaking at an American Horror Story panel at PaleyFest in Los Angeles last night (March 15), Deadline reports, Lange told fans that her time on the show has come to an end, saying: “Yes, I’m done. We’ve had a great run here. 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.”
Last month (February) Lady Gaga announced that she will be starring in Season Five, and revealed its title: American Horror Story: Hotel. At the PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles last night, Murphy introduced her first two co-stars in the new season: Matt Bomer (White Collar, The Normal Heart) and Cheyenne Jackson (United 93, 30 Rock).
Asked how his character will interact with Gaga’s in the sow, Bomer replied: “I can’t confirm or deny that there might be a love interest.” Neither Bomer nor Jackson revealed what character they will be playing in American Horror Story: Hotel or gave away any clues about the season’s plot. Other actors to have appeared in multiple previous seasons of American Horror Story include Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and Angela Bassett, but none has been confirmed for Hotel yet.
American Horror Story: Hotel is set to begin on US cable network FX this October (2014). It will be Gaga’s first TV acting job following small supporting roles in the films Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. She also appeared as herself in last year’s Muppets Most Wanted.