Hollywood legend Joan Collins will appear in American Horror Story Season 8, set to premiere later this year.
Series regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will also be returning to the hit show, as will Kathy Bates – who sat out for American Horror Story: Cult.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy confirmed the news of Collins’ addition, simply saying that he’s “throwing in Joan Collins” for the next installment.
A final date for the Season 8 premiere has yet to be confirmed but Murphy has spoken about wanting to wrap up series before the holiday season because he “doesn’t want blood with [his] Christmas ornaments”, so an air date in September 2018 or before seems likely.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Murphy is leaving FX and 20th Century Fox after signing an enormous five-year deal with Netflix.
The American Horror Story creator struck a deal with the streaming service, and will move over to Netflix when his current contract ends in July.
Now, The New York Times report that it’s the biggest ever overall deal for a showrunner – worth up to a staggering $300 million.
Murphy will produce films and series’ for the platform as exclusive Netflix Originals. Two projects are already in production, in the form of Ratchet – based on One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest fan fiction – and The Politician.
“Ryan Murphy’s series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or just to shock the hell out of us, permeates his genre-shattering work.
“His celebrated body of work and his contributions to our industry speak for themselves, and we look forward to supporting Ryan in bringing his broad and diverse stories to the world.”