“I do have the great pleasure of letting you all know that, yes, she will be back. Jessica will be returning as Constance in an episode I’m gonna direct,” Sarah Paulson revealed Friday during the show’s Television Critics Association summer press tour panel, later revealing that she’s helming Episode 6.
Lange starred on the first four seasons of the anthology series, winning Emmys for “Murder House” and “Coven,” which just so happen to be the two seasons crossing over in “Apocalypse.” She played Constance in “Murder House,” who adopted baby Michael Langdon, the antichrist, who will now be played by Cody Fern in “Apocalypse.”
Besides Paulson and Fern, Lange joins previously announced cast members Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Joan Collins, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Adina Porter, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Kyle Allen. Paulson and Roberts are reprising their “Coven” roles as Cordelia, who’s still the Supreme when “Apocalypse” starts, and Madison Montgomery, respectively. Paulson is also playing her “Murder House” character Billie Dean and a third character named Venable.
Executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall shared that Ryan Murphy “invited all of the witches [from ‘Coven’] to return. Whether or not they return is TBD.” As for whether the Harmons from “Murder House” will be back, given Constance’s and Michael’s returns, Woodall hedged, “I don’t know.”
What the panelists could share were their characters’ names. Grossman will play Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt, Lourd is Mallory, Porter is Dinah Stevens, and Bates is Mrs. Meade.
As the title suggests, Season 8, set 18 months in the future, takes place following the apocalypse. “The story begins with the end of the world and then our world begins,” Woodall teased.
“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10/9c on FX.
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