Ryan Murphy has found his Anti-Christ – and he didn’t have to look to far to find him. Fresh off his breakout performance in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Cody Fern (The Tribes of Palos Verdes, House of Cards) is set to join FX‘s American Horror Story: Apocalypse in the important role of Michael Langdon. Murphy made the announcement via Twitter; and comes on the heels of last week’s official confirmation of the season’s title/theme, with the eighth season Murder House/Coven mashup returning to the cable network on Wednesday, September 12th at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
Here’s Murphy’s official casting announcement:
From the key art released last week, it was clear that Tate Langdon/”The Rubber Man” (Evan Peters) and Vivien Harmon’s (Connie Britton) Antichrist baby from Murder House (Langdon) would play a major role this season — which raises the obvious (and still unanswered) question about Jessica Lange‘s return to the series. The child was left in Constance Langdon’s (Lange) care at the end of the first season, where she witnessed the literal “little devil” murder his nanny.
So far, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, and Leslie Grossman are returning to Murphy‘s horrific universe; with Joan Collins (Dynasty) joining the cast as Peters’s grandmother, and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnReal) and Kyle Allen (The Path) also set for guest appearances. Murphy also confirmed that Coven‘s Taissa Farmiga and Gabourey Sidibe have been invited to return; and suggested that Lady Gaga‘s “original supreme” would also be playing a part in the crossover.
Paulson’s Billie Dean Howard appeared in Murder House, and her Cordelia Foxx appeared in Coven. Peters played ghostly teen Tate Langdon in Murder House and fraternity president Kyle Spencer in Coven. Bates and Roberts joined the franchise during Coven as Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Madison Montgomery, respectively.