American Horror Story's New Season Will Be About the 2016 Election
American Horror Story fans just scored a bombshell reveal, courtesy of Ryan Murphy. The producer and Glee co-creator announced on Wednesday that an upcoming season of the anthology series will be based on the 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"Well I don't have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through. I think that will be interesting for a lot of people," Murphy, the FX show's creator, said on Wednesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live.
The previous and sixth season focused on a fictionalized take on the lost colony of Roanoke. The series was renewed in January for Seasons 7 and 8, and actors Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have already been confirmed to return.
If this wasn't confusing enough, Murphy will also be casting an actor to play Hillary Clinton in another of his shows, American Crime Story, which tackled the O.J. Simpson case in Season 1. The second season—expected to premiere in 2018—will focus on Hurricane Katrina and Season 3 will be about the assassination of designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
"We just finished signing Darren Criss to play Andrew Cunanan and Égar Ramírez to play Versace. We're talking to a really great Oscar winner to play Donatella. I hope that comes together," Murphy told Andy Cohen.
As for American Crime Story's fourth season—that's when the Clintons come into play: It will be based on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. "I don't know who I would want to play Hillary. I think we're going to cast an unknown as Monica. I'm very interested and have talked to my good bartender friend Sarah Paulson about playing Linda Tripp," he said.
"I think our take on it is interesting. Our take on it is really. I don't even think the Clintons need to be huge parts of that story. It's about the birth of a specific movement in our country. That's what we're interested in," he said. "We're shooting that in the spring, and we're doing Katrina in the summer, but Katrina will air first."
We'll be waiting on the edge of our seats.