What we do know is that this season is titled American Horror Story: 1984. Rather than a reference to the dystopian George Orwell novel, 1984 will serve as an homage to the slasher films of the 1980s, like the Friday the 13th franchise.
On July 8, Variety reported that Sarah Paulson — who has appeared in all eight seasons of AHS — “will not appear in a significant role” in 1984, but that it was possible she could still have a cameo. A source confirmed to EW that Paulson is not currently one of the leads in AHS 1984, but nothing has been ruled out for the 10-episode season.
However, Murphy announced in February that Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy had been cast to play returning AHS cast member Emma Roberts’ boyfriend.
Later in July, Murphy released an Instagram video showing the full cast, which in addition to Roberts and Kenworthy includes AHS veterans Billie Lourd, John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Grossman, and Cody Fern as well as Murphy favorites Matthew Morrison (Glee) and Angelica Ross (Pose), and newcomers DeRon Horton (Dear White People) and Zach Villa (Shameless).
Previously, when Murphy announced the title for season 9, he posted a teaser of an anonymous girl being chased through the woods surrounding a summer camp by an imposing figure carrying a large knife, but that’s the closest we’ve gotten to knowing what the vibe of 1984 will be like.
American Horror Story: 1984 will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 10 p.m. ET on FX.
This post was originally published on June 24, 2019, and has been updated with new information.
- FX announces premiere date for American Horror Story: 1984, more shows
- American Horror Story season 9 is a slasher-movie homage called 1984
- American Horror Story: Olympian Gus Kenworthy to play Emma Roberts’ boyfriend in season 9
|Available For Streaming On|