Another familiar guest is checking into the hotel. On March 17 SpoilerTV confirmed that actor Wes Bentley will join the cast of “American Horror Story: Hotel” as a series regular. The news comes after series co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted earlier today that Bentley would be part of the main cast. The fifth incarnation of the popular horror drama also recently revealed much of its main cast at PaleyFest in Hollywood over the weekend, including Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson. The new series will take place in a hotel setting but Murphy has mentioned that it won’t necessarily be a haunted hotel.
Bentley is no stranger to the horror miniseries, having appeared as a guest star in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” in three episodes. Bentley played the legendary Edward Mordrake, a man with two faces who will appear to any freak show that dares to perform on Halloween and take one of its members with him forever. There are no specific details available about what possible role Bentley would have in the new season, but Murphy revealed that he will be a main cast member alongside Bomer and Lady Gaga.
Singer Lady Gaga was the first official cast member confirmed for the new season, and is widely believed to be the replacement for actress Jessica Lange who is retiring from the series. Lange has been a major character in the four previous seasons, but hinted that the fourth series would be her last television role before she retires from acting all together. Lange confirmed her exit during the PaleyFest panel on Sunday, saying she is “done” with he show and won’t be appearing in any more episodes. Also at the panel, Matt Bomer teased a potential romance between his character and Lady Gaga’s character.
According to E! Online on March 17, the new series will begin filming in Los Angeles this summer, where the first season of the show was filmed. The production moved to New Orleans for season three and season four, and the new thirteen episode season is expected to air on FX in October. The series is known for casting the same actors in new roles, but it seems that season five may include a mostly all new cast. Network executive John Landgraf teased earlier this year that the new season would be an “usually large reinvention,” and the show always has a new theme with each season.
Other cast members who have appeared in multiple seasons include Evan Peters, Francis Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett, all of whom have remained coy about their involvement in the new season. Both Lady Gaga and Cheyenne Jackson have never appeared on the popular show, although both Jackson and Bomer have worked with Ryan Murphy in the past. More casting news is expected in the coming weeks as the series prepares for pre-production on the new episodes.