American Horror Story returns to our screens on FX this October with the latest installment of its tales from the macabre; Hotel. Set in the deco style Hotel Cortez, a sinister labyrinth of secret rooms and dead end passageways, this latest series was inspired by vintage hotel horror flicks and the grandiose hotels from the 1930s that can be found in downtown L.A.
The show will feature both recurring actors and new additions to the AHS cast, with the most compelling and possibly harmonious being cult pop chameleon Lady Gaga (who pitched herself to AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy). Exclusive images of Gaga's character, The Countess - a centuries old, malevolent vampire and owner of the eerie hotel - have just been revealed, teasing the creepy details of this mysterious femme fatale.
American Horror Story:Hotel will be the fifth season of the hit horror anthology show that metamorphoses with a new theme each season. The core character of each story (up until this point) has been consistently played by the remarkable Jessica Lange, and the show has attracted many notable actors over the previous four seasons.
Gaga first revealed her AHS casting in February 2015. FX have capitalized on the singer's unique notoriety for their marketing campaign, gradually hinting the tantalizing details of the Countess's character and her expectedly elaborate costumes. An official teaser revealed the couture-esque, chain mail, killing glove she wears and her character has subsequently been featured on several posters that showcase her in a distinctive fashion editorial, with a hint of S&M, style that is not dissimilar to Gaga's own branding.
These new images have been exclusively unveiled by EW and continue to play on the sexy, high fashion vibe the character is apparently known - applying a twist to this theme with grotesque hints of blood, corpse chic make-up and the vampire's creepy children.
With Lange having stepped down this season, AHS co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy have described a reinvention of their formula where characters will be more of an ensemble. The theme allows for a myriad of diabolical characters in the form of staff and guests centered around one building a la season 1's Murder House storyline. Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Angela Bassett and Chloe Sevigny will be rejoining the cast among others and new castings include Cheyenne Jackson and Darren Criss who have both worked with Murphy on Glee. Naomi Campbell and Max Greenfield will also be joining as fresh faces.
Gaga's role will be the first major acting credit for the creative singer, after having made cameos in the Robert Rodriguez sequels Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Falchuk and Murphy clearly believe in Gaga's skill and ability to deliver her role beyond what could be construed as a gimmick to promote their show that no longer boasts the formidable Lange as its key attraction. The addition of Gaga to the AHS cast may yet prove to be a fortuitous collaboration of highly creative individuals (known for a penchant for all that is wonderfully weird).
American Horror Story: Hotel begins October 7th, 2015 on FX