Ryan Murphy Confirms ‘American Horror Story’ Season 8 Is Set “18 Months From Today”; Joan Collins To Play Evan Peters’ Grandmother

Ryan Murphy has revealed the next installment of his American Horror Story anthology will take place “18 months from today.”

Speaking at the show’s pre-Emmy voting ‘for your consideration’ event in Los Angeles on Friday, Murphy also revealed Evan Peters will play a comedic hair stylist, while Joan Collins will play his grandmother.

Asked if he would be adding Anjelica Huston to the Season 8 cast, as has been rumored, Murphy said, “(we’re) talking. I love her.”

Following Season 7’s American Horror Story: Cult, which dealt with political themes, and had Sarah Paulson’s character Ally winning the election as an alternative reality to the Clinton/ Trump outcome, it seems Murphy is returning to the more extreme fantasy realm of his earlier AHS seasons. “It’s heightened,” he said of the season 8. “It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum, and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”

Murphy invited the Cult cast members on the panel to have fun and “play a game” in which they could ask any question they wanted about the new season, except, he said, the question ‘am I in it?’

Already confirmed for Season 8 are AHS veterans Peters, Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates along with new addition Joan Collins. It’s also rumored the show will be called American Horror Story: Radioactive, but unfortunately Murphy did not reveal anything of the title or the specific story. However, it seems fans won’t have too long to wait.  “We start shooting Season 8 around June 16,” he said. 

Adina Porter, who has thus far worked three AHS seasons, asked Murphy, “Are there minorities in it?” To which Murphy replied, “I will tell you that three of our leads are indeed minorities.” 

Peter’s question for Murphy was, “Will we be wearing wigs?” which led to the revelation of his upcoming hairstylist role.

“I’ll tell you something about you, because I see how this is going,” Murphy told Peters, before turning to the audience. “The funny thing is, we shot Cult and it was very taxing on Evan, and around Thanksgiving, I was talking to Evan and he said, ‘You know this show is so hard, it’s so difficult to do’. So your part this year is a comedic part, you are comedic and you play a hairstylist.”

This in turn prompted Leslie Grossman to ask if Peters would get to style Joan Collins’ hair on the show, which Murphy confirmed he would. “Joan Collins? Yes,” he said. “She plays Evan’s grandmother.” This last statement was met by huge cheers from the audience, and a very big smile from Peters.

Despite the many projects Murphy currently has in the offing and his recent $300m Netflix deal, he made his affection for this show clear. “One of the great joys of my life is doing this show. I love this show so much,” he said. “This great group of actors who come together and get to know each other, and trust each other, and go to places…I just love the ability to reach out to people who I love, love, love, and say, ‘Hey would you like to come play in our sandbox?'”