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American Horror Story Vet Frances Conroy Enters Asylum -- Find Out Who She'll Play

American Horror Story Asylum Frances ConroyFrances Conroy is the latest star of American Horror Story Season 1 to join the spooky FX series’ second chapter, subtitled Asylum.

Showrunner Ryan Murphy announced the Emmy nominee’s casting via Twitter on Wednesday, revealing that AHS: Asylum will involve “devils and angels,” with Conroy playing “the ultimate angel.” (In Season 1, she shared the role of haunted house-keeper Moira with Alexandra Breckenridge.)

As previously revealed by the Glee boss, Asylum — which centers on a circa-1960s East Coast institution for the insane, run by Jessica Lange’s character — “is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.”

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Like Conroy and Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe (who in Season 1 played Chad, Billie Dean, Tate and Nora, respectively) will return for Asylum, but as completely new characters.

Brand-new to AHS, meanwhile, are Big Love’s Chloe Sevigny (as a nympho patient), FlashForward’s Joseph Fiennes (priest), Oscar nominee James Cromwell (doctor/adversary for Lange), French actress Lizzie Brocheré and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, while Britne Oldford, Clea Duvall, Jenna Dewan, Franka Potente and Mark Consuelos are among the recurring and guest stars.

American Horror Story: Asylum launches Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10/9c.