With each season of American Horror Story, showrunner Ryan Murphy delves into different types of horror and themes. The upcoming season, subtitled Freak Show, will focus on a carnival setting in the 1950s. As with previous seasons, Freak Show will be welcoming many cast members back: Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Emma Roberts.
Meanwhile, Lea Michele, the star of Murphy’s high school musical drama, Glee, was also announced to be joining the American Horror Story: Freak Show lineup. Now, another actor who has worked with Murphy before will be appearing in the upcoming season of the director’s horror series.
Murphy revealed to EW that Matt Bomer (White Collar) would be guest-starring on one episode of the upcoming season of American Horror Story. The two have worked together previously on Murphy’s television shows Glee and The New Normal as well as the HBO Emmy-nominated TV-movie The Normal Heart.
Murphy said he’s excited to reunite with Bomer again and had to work around the actor’s Magic Mike 2 filming schedule in order to make the appearance work. As for the role Bomer will be playing, Murphy had little to say:
“I try to get him to do everything for me. I sent him a text that said, ‘First right of refusal, here’s the role.’ It’s very…warped.”
Between the reveal that Paulson will play conjoined twins, the casting of the world’s smallest woman, and the first promo for Freak Show, it appears Murphy won’t be shying away from any facet of the controversial carnival history. However, it also appears the freakish aspects of the show will be balanced by relatively normal characters - though even those appearing to be normal could still be “warped.”
Whether Murphy’s description of Bomer’s character should be taken figuratively or literally (this is Freak Show after all) remains to be seen. Bomer could appear as one of the Freak Show participants with some sort of warped feature, or he could appear as a character with a warped personality/story arc. Both types of characters will fit right in on American Horror Story.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you happy to see the White Collar star join AHS?
American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere Wednesday, October 8 @ 10pm on FX.