'American Horror Story': Joseph Fiennes in Talks for Season 2 Role

UPDATED: The actor, who starred in Ryan Murphy's passed-over 2008 FX pilot "Pretty/Handsome," will play the head of the institution for the criminally insane at the center of the second season.
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FX's American Horror Story may have found the head of its insane asylum.

FlashForward star Joseph Fiennes is in talks to join the second season of the FX anthology series from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by EW, Fiennes would play the head of the East Coast institution for the criminally insane where Jessica Lange's new character is employed. Fiennes' character will also be a love interest for Lange's character, who is charged with running the joint.

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The casting marks the second time Murphy and Fiennes will work together; the actor starred in the AHS co-creator's 2008 FX drama pilot Pretty/Handsome, in which he played a family man struggling with his gender identity.

Fiennes would join an all-star cast for the rebooted second season. In addition to Season 1 cast members coming back to play different characters Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, the second-season cast includes Chloe Sevigny, The Voice's Adam Levine, Oscar nominee James Cromwell and newcomer Lizzie Brochere.

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"It's a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there's not a mention of Season 1," Murphy said recently of the second season, which will also be set in a different time period -- the 1960s.

Fiennes is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

Update 6/15: Fiennes' deal has closed.

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