We have a new casting update for American Horror Story Season 2, which is now officially titled American Horror Story: Asylum.
According to SpoilerTV, Blake Sheldon (Pictured Below) is the latest addition to the cast of American Horror Story and it is said that he’ll be playing the roles of Devon and Cooper. Are they twins or is this someone who has multiple personalities? We’ll find out when American Horror Story returns in October.
The new season (also referred to as a new “cycle”) will feature a brand new story set at an institution for the criminally insane during the 1960’s. Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, James Cromwell, Lizzie Brocheré, Jenna Dewan, Clea Duvall, Franka Potente, Chris Zylka, Britne Oldford, Mark Consuelos and Joseph Fiennes make up the rest of the new cast, with Season 1 actors Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Even Peters, and Lily Rabe all returning as new characters.
Here is what Ryan Murphy had to say about the new cycle title: “We picked ‘Asylum’ because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted… This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.”
A specific release date has not been set, but the show is currently filming and will return this October. Interested in learning more about the new cycle? Here are some character and plot details Ryan Murphy revealed earlier this year (Spoiler Warning):
“It’s set in an institution for the criminally insane that Jessica Lange’s character runs, which is a really, really, really fun thing to do because you can write all these people locked up in it. And I guess if the first season was about infidelity, the second season is about sanity. What makes someone sane or insane? Sometimes the people you think are insane are actually the most sane of all. It’s fun to write about people who society throws away.
I haven’t said this publicly, but the new season is set in the sixties and Chloë Sevigny, for example, plays a character who was put in an asylum because she was a woman who likes sex, so her husband sends her away. At the time, you were able to put people away for that. Another character is institutionalized for being a lesbian. To me, there’s nothing more scary than somebody coming to you and saying they’re going to take you away and put you in a mad house and you have no legal rights and there you shall stay till the end of your days. That is a real horror. Everybody has felt people thinking, “You’re fucking crazy.” Even somebody saying that to you is scary.”