Who is in the cast this season?
A new AHS season always leads to two big questions: What's the theme, and who's in the cast? Now that the number of AHS seasons is moving into double digits, it seems like Murphy is going all in with a great, rounded out, even surprising cast. In February 2020, the showrunner took to Instagram to give fans a taste of what they can expect for the upcoming season, dropping an eerie teaser revealing the lead cast. Accompanied by Orville Peck's song "Dead of NIght," a black and white video of waves crashing against a shore reveals Kathy Bates, Macaulay Culkin, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, and Finn Wittrock are set to appear.
Of those names, there's of course a handful of returning stars like Bates, Rabe, Porter, and Wittrock, as well as recent favorites like Grossman, Lourd, and Ross -- but the most exciting, interesting addition definitely goes to former child star Macaulay Culkin who's been absent from our screens for quite some time. He'll probably fit right in, since as we saw (and rewatched a hundred times) in Home Alone, he's already a bit of a scream queen.
Aside from Culkin, the reveal that AHS royalty Paulson and Peters are returning after both being gone for a season is a big deal. Right now, it's hush hush as usual regarding who these actors will be playing, but we do know that Paulson will be making a grand return, which is something to look forward to, considering how much fans missed her in 1984. The Murphy muse has been known to lead seasons, like she did in Asylum, Cult, and Apocalypse, and take on smaller roles like in Murder House, but in Season 10 she's taking on a main role again. She told The Wrap in early January 2020, "I have no idea what it will be… But I’m not coming back as a guest part, I will be a central character." All hail the AHS Supreme.
That's a pretty full roster of appearances already, although it does leave out several usuals. Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Denis O'Hare, Frances Conroy, and newbie Cody Fern were nowhere to be found, same with Taissa Farmiga, who hasn't been in the series for quite some time despite fans being eager to see more of her. Again, it's still early, so additional casting is likely to be revealed down the line.