We've learned recently that Lady Gaga will star on the fifth season of American Horror Story this time themed Hotel and that Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson have been added to the repertory cast. And during a Sunday panel discussion at PaleyFest in Los Angeles, Jessica Lange confirmed what she'd stated in the past: She will not be appearing next season. As HuffPo and others are reporting, the star and life blood of all four previous seasons said, "I'm done," and added, "We’ve had a great run here. I absolutely love doing these four characters, and in all madness, I love the writers and Ryan [Murphy] and the insanity of shooting it."
Murphy had previously hinted that he was trying to coerce Lange into staying on, but no dice.
Lange has had a surprise career resurgence in large part due to the show, with Emmy nominations for three of the seasons and two wins, for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Season 1, and Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the Coven season, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Season 1. She'll be starring in older-lady-adventure-film Wild Oats, out later this year, alongside Shirley MacLaine and Demi Moore.
No details have yet been leaked about American Horror Story: Hotel, but Bomer has already hinted that he might have a romantic encounter with Gaga. And fans have been theorizing that the hotel featured may be the Garden of Allah hotel in Los Angeles, which demolished in 1959, but which both Jessica Lange and Dennis O'Hare's characters make passing reference to in Season 4.
The only trouble with that theory is that would run counter to the pattern from the previous seasons of alternating between period productions and the present day. Stay tuned as creator Ryan Murphy will no doubt tweet out more clues in the coming months, as was his habit last year.
Season 5 will premiere, per usual, around Halloween in October.