5:16pm PT by Lesley Goldberg, Jackie Strause
'American Horror Story' Enlists 'Versace' Breakout for Key 'Apocalypse' Role
The upcoming eighth season of FX's American Horror Story has just cast its central player.
American Crime Story: Versace breakout Cody Fern has been tapped to play the role of Michael Langdon.
If the name of Fern's character sounds familiar, it should: Michael Langdon was first introduced in the season one finale of Murder House, the Antichrist baby of Evan Peters' Tate Langdon/Rubber Man and Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton).
"Excited to announce Cody Fern will be playing the role of Michael Langdon in American Horror Story: Apocalypse," executive producer Ryan Murphy wrote Thursday in announcing the news. "Premieres September 12 on FX."
Season eight will feature the long-awaited AHS crossover between Murder House and Coven. In season one, baby Michael was left in the care of Jessica Lange's character, Constance Langdon. So far, only Peters has been confirmed as a season eight castmember as there has been no word on whether Lange — who left the franchise a few seasons ago — or Britton — who hasn't been back since season one — could return this year.
Along with Peters, castmembers who are confirmed for Apocalypse are Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman and a new face to the franchise, Joan Collins. Both Paulson and Peters, who is playing a hairdresser, will be making their directorial debuts; Collins will be playing Peters' grandmother. Paulson and Peters both co-starred in Murder House and Coven, while Bates and Roberts appeared in Coven.
Fern, repped by CAA and 3 Arts, appeared in four episodes of Murphy and FX's other anthology, American Crime Story: Versace, and also counts Netflix's House of Cards among his credits.