At long last, we know the full cast of the upcoming season of American Horror Story. Co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed the main cast via Instagram with a post made up of short videos of the actors in snazzy ’80s gear with equally snazzy ’80s music playing in the background. Fitting for the retro American Horror Story: 1984, which will harken back to slasher flicks of the ’80s — bring on the Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers homages!
Confirmed to return to the show are Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, and Leslie Grossman, who all played key roles in last season’s Apocalypse. John Carroll Lynch, who appeared in season four as Twisty the Clown also returns. Joining the cast this season are Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Pose’s Angelica Ross, skier Gus Kenworthy, Dear White People’s DeRon Horton, and Shameless’ Zach Villa. This will be the first season where series regulars Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson — the only two actors to appear in all eight previous seasons of the show in some capacity — will not appear.
Last season of American Horror Story was the highly anticipated Murder House and Coven crossover, which started with a nuclear bang and ended on a dull whimper. This next season seems to shed the supernatural in favor of slashers, though we can’t totally rule anything out when it comes to the twists and turns of American Horror Story. (And the heavy ’80s emphasis does bring to mind a certain paranormal horror series).
American Horror Story: 1984 premieres Sept. 18 on FX.