Now here’s a bit of American Horror Story casting news that we honestly wouldn’t believe… if it didn’t come from Ryan Murphy himself.
Girls alum Lena Dunham — no, we are not kidding, and it is not April 1st — has been cast on the FX horror anthology for its upcoming election-themed Season 7. Murphy announced the news himself on Wednesday with a tweet saying that he and Dunham have “always wanted to work together, and now we [are]!”
Dunham’s schedule is wide open these days, with Girls wrapping up its six-season run on HBO earlier this year. In addition to starring in, writing and directing that show, she’s also guest-starred on Scandal and The Simpsons in recent years.
No word yet on what role Dunham will play on AHS, but as usual, the entire season is shrouded in mystery. (We do know that it’s loosely based on the 2016 presidential election, and a scary elephant-man creature is somehow involved.) Murphy has promised to reveal next season’s official title on Thursday. Update: Per our sister site Deadline, Dunham is only expected to appear in one episode.
The Season 7 cast of Horror Story already boasts returning favorites Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, plus “newcomers” Billy Eichner (Difficult People), Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), Laura Allen (Awake), Leslie Grossman (Popular) and Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf).
Excited to see what Dunham will do on AHS… or horrified? Give us your take on the surprise casting in the comments.