Ryan Murphy is known for making out-of-the-box casting choices on FX’s American Horror Story. The latest is actor-comedian Billy Eichner, best known for his popular man-on-the street series Billy on the Street.
Eichner is joining American Horror Story‘s upcoming seventh season in a heavily recurring role opposite returning AHS franchise stars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
As usual, details about Eichner’s character are being kept under wraps, but sources say he is playing a close confidant of Paulson’s character and mostly will be wearing mysterious tank tops. I hear Eichner will be in six or seven of the 11 episodes in Season 7, which begins shooting in May.
Little is known about the premise of the new AHS installment beyond the fact that it is set in the aftermath of the recent presidential election, with the first episode taking place on Election Night.
Murphy previously cast Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel, which earned her a Golden Globe award. The same installment also featured an arc by New Girl funnyman Max Greenfield.
As an actor, Eichner stars in the Hulu comedy series Difficult People and previously co-starred on NBC’s Parks & Recreation.