FX’s hit anthology series American Horror Story is looking to beef up its star power for season 2, with the addition of Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell (L.A. Confidential). While still in the final stages of negotiations, Cromwell is poised to join the cult-thriller for a big 10-episode story arc opposite star Jessica Lange.
Set to be the main antagonist to Lange’s new season 2 character (not the same as her season 1 character), Cromwell will play the coveted role of Dr. Arden, a man who works in the East Coast institution for the criminally insane that is run by Lange’s character. This is not the first stab at television for the veteran film star, as Cromwell has lent his skills to other hit TV shows such as 24, ER and HBO’s Six Feet Under.
Along with Oscar-winner Lange, Cromwell is another big-name actor ready to get freaky on the twisted FX horror drama, with fellow Oscar nominee Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine also to be featured in the upcoming season. Sevigny will play a nymphomaniac named Shelly, while Levine’s character is simply described as a half of “The Lovers”.
Rounding out the season 2 cast is sultry French actress Lizzie Brocheré whose character will be a “ferocious, and dangerous wild-child sexpot” who will also be a thorne in Lange’s side; AHS will mark the Paris-born actress’s first American television role. Returning from season 1, albeit in completely different roles, are Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe.
With a mixture of the warped season 1 finale and the intense secrecy surrounding season 2, American Horror Story has created a lot of speculation and expectation in regards to how the series will top its self. Outside of casting and location not much is known about the upcoming season — and showrunner Ryan Murphy is not telling. However, he has indicated that, although the show is set up as an anthology, some lingering questions from season 1 may get answered in season 2.