3:35pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Horror Story' Recruits Billie Lourd for Season 7
FX's American Horror Story is recruiting another familiar face for season seven.
Scream Queens grad Billie Lourd has been tapped to star opposite franchise mainstay Sarah Paulson in the upcoming cycle of the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk anthology, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Season seven, which will likely bow in its standard October period, will be an election-themed cycle though Trump and Clinton are not currently on the show's ballot. The season begins the day after the election. Character and additional plot details are being kept under wraps.
Lourd joins fellow franchise newbie Billy Eichner, who will recur, in season seven. Returning castmembers include Evan Peters.
The actress, the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher and CAA managing director Bryan Lourd, recently completed the second season of Murphy and Falchuk's Fox anthology Scream Queens. The series is not expected to return for a third season as fellow stars, including Lea Michele, have already booked other projects in first position.
"All of the stuff that I’m developing now is going to be about illuminating and highlighting people who don’t have a voice in our culture — people who are ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away," Murphy previously told THR about his post-election work.
In the meantime, click here for all the details — so far — about season seven of AHS.