American Horror Story: 1984: The Cast, the Premiere Date and Everything You Need to Know

Angelica Ross is the latest addition to the FX series

By Chris Harnick Jul 11, 2019 2:53 PMTags
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We're going back in time for the next season of American Horror Story. The ninth season in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX anthology series, American Horror Story: 1984, is set to debut in mid-September and details are still scarce. That's not a surprise, it's American Horror Story after all.

The little information we do know is interesting. The leads, for once, aren't who you assumed they would be. The assumed threat is more in line with Murphy's fan-favorite series Scream Queens and the time period is very in vogue right now.

Read on to get all the scoop on American Horror Story: 1984.

The Premiere Date

American Horror Story: 1984 will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. on FX.

The Leads?

In February, Murphy announced Olympian Gus Kenworthy would be part of the cast. He was announced as boyfriend to Emma Roberts' character.

No Evan Peters?

Evan Peters, who has appeared in all eight previous seasons of the Emmy-winning show, said he was going to miss this season.

"No, I'm going to sit a season out," Peters said. He previously told GQ about how rough the show can be. "It's just exhausting. It's really mentally draining, and you don't want to go to those places ever in your life," he told the magazine. "And so, you have to go there for the scenes, and it ends up integrating it somehow into your life. You're in traffic and you find yourself screaming and you're like, ‘What the hell? This isn't who I am.'"

No Sarah Paulson?

Variety reported Sarah Paulson would not be starring in AHS: 1984, and Deadline says a small role is likely. The always busy Paulson has roles in Mrs. America and Ratched. Paulson has appeared in every episode of AHS since the beginning. In American Horror Story: Apocalypse, she played three different characters and stepped behind the camera to direct.

Candy Lives!

Pose star Angelica Ross will appear as a series regular in AHS: 1984. This news comes after—Spoiler alert!—her Pose character Candy died on Murphy's other FX series.

"Last night's episode of Pose required us all to dig deep — @janetmock as writer, myself as writer and director, but most of all our incredible leading ladies. I must applaud @angelicaross for her tour de force of a performance as Candy Abundance Ferocity. It has been a gift to watch her blossom as a true star and undeniable talent," Murphy posted on Instagram. "Though she will always be our Candy, and our show suffers this incredible loss, I am elated that the world will get much more Angelica. She is joining the American Horror Story family in another unforgettable role. Congrats Angelica for making history, leaping from #PoseFX to #AHS1984. Welcome to the #AHS family!"

Ross tweeted that she's making history as the first transgender actor to have two series regular TV roles.

The Setting

A teaser released for AHS: 1984 featured a young woman running for her life in the woods. Her pursuer is obscured with a mask, chains and all-black outfit (there's even a butcher-like apron). She ends up in a cabin, but isn't safe from a door-piercing knife.

This seems to indicate a possible summer camp setting, like classic slasher films.

AHS executive producer Tim Minear called the new season "awesome." "I think it's gonna be really scary but a lot of fun, like it always is. And that if you have a taste for '80s horror, you're in for a treat," Minear told The Wrap in May 2019.