Already having run for nine successful seasons, American Horror Story is set to expand the franchise with the forthcoming American Horror Stories, which will tell a whole new tale of horror with each new episode. However, while the format may be a departure, the show looks set to give fans everything they expect, at least if the newly released cast list is anything to go by.
Matt Bomer, Billie Lourd, and John Carroll Lynch will all appear in the new series following appearances on the mother show. The biggest may be the casting of Danny Trejo (Machete) as a murderous Santa Claus. AHS veterans Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters have already been confirmed as appearing in the first two episodes.
The actors were among the 20 names dropped on American Horror Story‘s social media accounts in a 34-second teaser trailer earlier this week. The caption promises that this isn’t “even the half of it,” suggesting more surprises to come before the show premieres on July 15. The teaser mysteriously hints that “Fear Takes a New Form.”
In addition to the ones we already mentioned, the show will include Gavin Creel, Sierra McCormick, Ashley Martin Carter, Paris Jackson, Belissa Escobedo, Kaia Gerber, Aaron Tveit, Rhenzy Feliz, Madison Bailey, Kyle Red Silverstein, Amy Grabow, Naomi Grossman, Dillon Burnside, Nico Greetham, Charles Melton, Kevin McHale and Virginia Gardner.
Watch the trailer for American Horror Stories
FX continued to hype the series with a new trailer that gave fans a few hints of what’s to come:
The trailer shows a new group taking on the infamous Murder House from American Horror Story season 1, with the new show seemingly taking us right back to the beginning. Rubber Man is glimpsed, and an earlier teaser trailer featured a female version of the character.
One episode is expected to have a holiday season theme, and another will feature Amy Grabow playing Tipper Gore, the wife of former vice president Al Gore.
The first season of American Horror Stories will have seven self-contained episodes, which were filmed alongside the tenth series of the parent show. Creator Ryan Murphy says American Horror Stories will be “delving into horror myths, legends, and lore. Many will feature AHS stars you know and love.” Beyond these vague hints, little is known of the individual plots of the show, with FX drip-feeding hints and teasers as they continue their promotion.
The first two episodes of American Horror Stories will start streaming on July 15 via FX on Hulu. Meanwhile, American Horror Story season 10, subtitled “Double Feature,” will begin on August 25. With so much horrific new content on the way, FX has declared it “American Horror Summer.”