“American Horror Story” fans can rejoice! Another alum of the FX miniseries has joined Season 5 – Kathy Bates. Co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the new via Twitter on Wednesday.
“Kathy Bates is running the Hotel,” Murphy tweeted. “#AHSSeason5.”
The 66-year-old actress is not the first cast member that Murphy announced on Twitter – but this is the first time that he potentially revealed a role. While fans know that Season 5 is set to revolve around a “hotel,” it sounds like Kathy Bates will be in charge of the spooky establishment.
Bates is only the latest returning actor to check into “American Horror Story: Hotel.” Chlöe Sevigny, Wes Bentley and Matt Bomer have also been cast in Season 5. Current newcomers include Cheyenne Jackson and Lady Gaga.
Unfortunately long time cast member Jessica Lange won’t be returning, but based on Murphy’s tweet, Kathy Bates could potentially be taking the reins as the woman in charge of the show. Lange essentially ran things behind the curtains in Season 1 as Constance Langdon. Her role as a powerful, yet flawed woman continued in Season 2, “Asylum,” as Sister Jude, as well as Season 3, “Coven,” as the Supreme witch Fiona Goode. Her final role in “American Horror Story” was Elsa Mars in Season 4, “Freak Show,” the ringleader of one of the last freak shows in existence.
Kathy Bates only joined the show in its third season, but has proved to be an important player on screen. Her role as Delphien LaLaurie in “Coven” won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” is set to premiere this fall.