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As the great season of Autumn gets closer with every passing day, so does the expectations of the upcoming season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL. Just the other day we learned that Finn Wittrock had officially joined in on the fun, and today we have something very special for AHS fans.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy recently spoke with Deadline about Season 5, and when asked about if Lady Gaga would be doing any musical numbers he replied:
"No. People, keep saying to me, “What numbers are they singing, what numbers are they singing,” and I say there will be no numbers... I’m excited about that and I think that’s why Gaga was excited about it; it’s not something that she’s ever done before. It’s a pure acting part. I think people expect that she’s going to be sitting in a bar in a white silk gown sort of singing songs — she is not."
On what the tone of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL will be Murphy says:
"The upcoming season that we’re doing is much more horror-based; it’s much more dark. It’s about a theme and an idea that’s very close to my heart that I’ve always wanted to do that’s a little bloodier and grislier I think than anything that we’ve done before; it’s straight horror this year."
On what the inspiration for this season was:
"It’s based in the hotel in horror movies and horror troves. We’ve researched several real-life hotels in downtown LA where absolutely horrifying things happened."
He reveals that an AHS alumni is currently negotiating to jump onboard very soon:
"We’re just finalizing Denis O’Hare’s deal, he’s going to come back... we’re building this incredible six-story Art Deco hotel on the Fox lot."
Murphy also gives us a little insight into the roles of other cast members:
"Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters... this season they’re playing absolute evil villains so they’re very excited about that and I think people will really enjoy it, and the Gaga part is bananas good.
This year, it’s a true ensemble and I think we have more male parts and more male stories... That’s not to say that the women aren’t either; I mean Kathy Bates and Gaga and Paulson’s part and Angela Bassett’s part are great."
Once Denis O'Hare officially signs on, he will be joining a cast already made up of Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Chloe Sevigny, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Max Greenfield, and Evan Peters.
Jessica Lange previously stated that she will not be a part of Season 5. However, in a very recent interview with The Wrap Lange says that she would "absolutely" come back if creator Ryan Murphy offered her "a small character for a couple of episodes." She went on to say that "this was a great collaboration, so I would love to keep working with him."
As of right now Jessica Lange is not a part of the upcoming season of AHS but that all could soon change.
Shooting for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL is expected to begin this summer and will air at the end of October, as previous AHS series have. We will continue to bring you more on this story as it unfolds.