Matt Bomer will star opposite Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel, the upcoming fifth installment of FX’s horror anthology series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The announcement was just made at the end of AHS‘ PaleyFest panel, in which Jessica Lange, star of the the first four installments, officially confirmed that she is leaving the franchise and Cheyenne Jackson too was unveiled as a new cast member.

Bomer will play a lead in AHS: Hotel, with details about his character kept under wraps. Asked about his character’s relation to Lady Gaga’s character, he said, “I can’t confirm or deny that there might be a love interest.”

This marks Bomer’s return to the AHS franchise after a guest starring stint in the most recent Freak Show installment. Bomer has a long history with Murphy – the actor won a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice TV Award for his role in Murphy’s HBO movie The Normal Heart. He also guest starred on Murphy’s Fox series Glee (also co-created by Falchuk) and NBC comedy The New Normal.

1 year
I will not be watching season 5.
Janet Marie Cooper
1 year
Before you pass judgment, I suggest you watch "The Normal Heart"!!! He's a helluva lot more than...
1 year
I just cannot bear to think of my beloved AHS without Jessica Lange...very sad she is leaving.

This marks Bomer’s first major TV gig since wrapping his six-season starring turn on USA’s White Collar. He will next be seen reprising his role in the Magic Mike sequel Magic Mike XXL. 

American Horror Story is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.