If Ryan Murphy ever decides to create an expanded universe between American Horror Story and the forthcoming Scream Queens, look back at Sunday’s Comic-Con panel for the two shows as the starting point.
The casts of both series came face to face as the AHS stars (Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer) were joined on stage by the Scream Queens stars (Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd) for a Hall H panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s own Tim Stack.
The biggest news from the irreverent team-up? The American Horror Story: Hotel cast revealed their character names for the upcoming fifth season of the FX anthology horror series: Matt Bomer will play Donovan, Kathy Bates is Iris, Angela Bassett stars as Ramona, Evan Peters takes the role of Mr. March, and Sarah Paulson will bring Hypodermic Sally to villainous life.
Here are some highlights from the rest of the panel:
—A horror queen and her famous fan tell all: Jamie Lee Curtis, who is known for playing Laurie Strode in the Halloween films, revealed why this was her first time attending Comic-Con. “I’ve been selling yogurt that makes you sh-t for six years,” she quipped. Murphy was extremely excited to have her aboard. “If you’re going to hire Jamie Lee Curtis, you want to see her kicking ass and fighting back and all those things that I loved her doing,” Murphy said. “I’m actually writing a scene now where she’s fighting three killers.”
—Who’s the killer? Not even the actors know, Murphy said. The cast was kept in the dark for the sorority scare; every actor had to film a take in which their character was the serial killer. And not everyone will die, either. The show won’t reboot AHS style, but the survivors will go on to a different location.
—Lady Gaga wanted to go bad: Murphy says there won’t be musical numbers in Hotel, despite Gaga’s musical background. She will, however, be going bad. She wrote to Murphy saying that she wanted to be on the show and that she wanted to be evil. He accepted, of course, and said, “Okay, you came to the right place.”
Scream Queens premieres in September, and AHS returns in October. The casts from both series visited the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con to dish on their horror series. Check out their interviews in the videos below.
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