Jessica Lange may have checked out, but another blonde star is checking into the upcoming fifth season of “American Horror Story.” In a surprising casting move, Grammy winning pop superstar Lady Gaga will headline the new season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, titled “American Horror Story: Hotel,” according to the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.
While she has appeared on reality shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol,” the buzzy role marks Gaga’s first regular scripted TV gig and her biggest acting role to date. The “Born This way” singer previously made cameos in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and “Machete Kills,” and if you go way back into her resume, she had an uncredited role in a 2001 episode of “The Sopranos.”
Gaga, whose real name is Stephanie Germanotta, is the first confirmed casting for the next incarnation of the Emmy-nominated FX drama, which looks like it could feature several new faces. While Lange previously stated that last season’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” would be her last installment of the franchise, fellow “AHS” alums Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts have already signed on to other series. Of course, Paulson’s other project is the Murphy-led “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” and Roberts has been tapped for Murphy’s Fox horror comedy “Scream Queens,” so there is definitely some wiggle room there.
Murphy’ latest “AHS” coupe comes on the heels of the recent news that he landed pop idols Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas for his “Scream Queens” cast. And the showrunner previously cast rock legend Stevie Nicks on “American Horror Story: Coven.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy dished on why the character Misty Day (played by Lily Rabe) was obsessed with the Fleetwood Mac legend. “When we got to this witch idea, I thought, if you’re Misty and you have grown up alone and you don’t know any other witches, there’s one witch you probably would know and that’s Stevie Nicks,” he explained.
Still, it wasn’t easy to convince the “Rhiannon” singer to join the cast. “I called Stevie Nicks and first I said, ‘I want to use you in the show.’ But she was very resistant because from the beginning of her career people who are in the Wiccan community had given her a hard time thinking she was a witch and she got a lot of scary fan letters,” Murphy explained.
The new season of “American Horror Story: Hotel” will likely debut this fall on FX. Stay tuned to Examiner for more “AHS” casting news.