Ryan Murphy Revising ‘American Horror Story’ for Jessica Lange

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The actress will play third lead in FX pilot opposite "Friday Night Lights’" Connie Britton.

Jessica Lange has been cast as Constance, the nosy neighbor, in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s FX drama pilot American Horror Story.

The thriller, which revolves around husband and wife Ben and Vivien Harmon (Friday Night LightsConnie Britton), sees the couple move into a creepy San Francisco home next door to Constance (Lange) and her daughter with Down Syndrome who knows more about the house than everyone realizes.   

A source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Glee’s Murphy and Falchuk are revising their script to expand the role for Lange. The actress joins Denis O’Hare, who plays Larry the Burn Guy, a former resident of the home.

The casting marks Lange’s first series commitment. The two-time Oscar winner last appeared on the small screen in HBO’s 2009 miniseries Grey Gardens, for which she won a lead actress in a mini or movie Emmy. She also picked up Emmy noms for a pair of other TV specials: the 2003 mini Normal and the 1995 telefilm A Streetcar Named Desire.