Connie Britton to Star in Ryan Murphy's FX Pilot 'American Horror Story'

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Connie Britton

The "Friday Night Lights" star is the first cast in the "Glee" creator and Brad Falchuk's top-secret drama project.

Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton has been tapped to star in American Horror Story, the FX drama pilot from Glee’s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

The ever-busy Murphy is on board to direct the pilot, which is set to begin shooting after he and Falchuk wrap production on Glee next month. Britton will play Vivien Harmon, one-half of the show’s central couple.

While details on the project remain sparse, FX chief John Landgraf was particularly enthusiastic about it’s prospects in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, calling the “really complicated, interesting psychological horror show ... incredibly ambitious.”

He went as far as saying, it “could define or redefine the genres that [it’s] in.”

When asked how it will differ from Harper’s Island, CBS’ poorly-rated attempt at the horror genre back in 2009, Landgraf argued this show will be nothing like that show.

“I can’t explain why,” he said, “but I’d just ask the question: Was Nip/Tuck like any medical show you’d ever seen?”

Britton is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.