What to Expect From American Horror Story: Double Feature

Ryan Murphy has spent a year offering up some intriguing tidbits about American Horror Story: Double Feature. Here's everything we know so far.

By Lauren Piester Mar 25, 2021 8:00 PMTags
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American Horror Story season 10 is coming, and we might just not be ready for it. 

Ryan Murphy has been teasing the new season for over a year, since before the pandemic was officially a pandemic. He gave us a cast in February 2020, but we didn't get a title until March 2021, though that title only completely confused us. 

It turns out that season 10 is called Double Feature and is actually two mini seasons in one. One season will be by the sea, and one will be by the sand. The cast that has been announced is for the sea, and we're still waiting on a second cast announcement for the sand. 

Of course, Murphy explained all that in a comment in response to a fan on Instagram, so if you missed it, you're probably not alone! Beyond the title and that confusing set up, there are a few things we know about what's to come.

2021 TV Premiere Dates

Never forget, for instance, that Macaulay Culkin will be engaging in some "crazy erotic sex" as he makes his AHS debut. 

Scroll down to get the scoop on everything we know so far, and be sure to check back for updates as Murphy provides them. 

The Premiere Date

On Thursday, June 3, FX confirmed that season 10 of American Horror Story will debut on August 25. As for the spinoff series, American Horror Stories? That series will be premiering on July 15 on FX on Hulu.

Kaia Gerber's Debut

On March 23, 2021, Murphy announced that 19-year-old supermodel Kaia Gerber is joining the cast of American Horror Story season 10. There is no further info on her character or the extent of her role, but Murphy said he was excited to welcome her to the family.

American Horror Story: Double Feature

On March 19, 2021, Ryan Murphy revealed the title for the long-awaited 10th season of American Horror Story. It's called Double Feature, and it has a tagline: "Two horrifying stories, one season. One by the sea, one by the sand."

In a response to a fan on Instagram, Murphy explained a little further. "It means TWO SEASONS for the fans airing in one calendar year!" he said. "So double the viewing pleasure. One set by the sea (this cast already announced). A second by the sand (that cast announcement coming)." 

Leslie Grossman later weighed in on Twitter, explaining, "You guys. It's one season, two stories. Like a two-fer. Like 2 mini seasons. It's gonna be great." 

That means we're still waiting for a whole cast announcement! The location of Murphy's post was also set to Provincetown, Massachusetts, so it seems like we're headed to New England.

"Night Moves"

On March 11, 2021, Murphy shared this image with the caption "Night Moves." Spooky! 

The Cast (Part 1)

One of the first things we knew about season 10 was its cast, which included a bunch of beloved returning players. On Feb. 26, 2020, Ryan Murphy announced that Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, Finn Wittrock and Denis O'Hare would all star, along with Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. Frances Conroy was added later on, replacing Kathy Bates, who had to drop out due to health issues. Kaia Gerber and Spencer Novich will also be part of the cast. 

Of all the names initially announced, Macaulay Culkin was the one that turned the most heads. Now, it t urns out this is just the first cast. A whole other cast is still coming! 

The Return of Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters

Paulson and Peters both took a their first AHS breaks for season nine, but will return for season 10. 

When asked if she'd be a series regular, Paulson said, "I should hope so!" Needless to say, she'll be one of the leads once again. 

Macaulay Culkin's "Crazy Erotic Sex"

In a May 2020 interview with E! News, Murphy explained how he got Culkin to sign on to play a "very, very great insane part." 

"I asked to speak to him on the phone and he said OK," Murphy said. "[When] I cast, I never let people read things, usually. I said, 'OK, here's the pitch.' And I told them the character and I told him he has crazy, erotic sex with Kathy Bates and does other things. And he paused and he goes, 'This sounds like the role I was born to play.' So, he signed up right then and there."

Unfortunately, Bates had to drop out, so the crazy, erotic sex will now be with Frances Conroy, though he appears to also be close to Grossman. The first set pic featured Grossman and Culkin decked out in furs on a beach. 

Meet Spencer Novich

In November 2020, Murphy shared a video to his Instagram of the audition that got artist and Cirque du Soleil performer Spencer Novich a gig in season 10. It is straight up terrifying, and it's almost shocking that this is Novich's first appearance in the series. 

The First Key Art

On March 10, 2020, Murphy shared this image with the caption, "Things are beginning to wash up on shore..." 

A Clue

Murphy shared this picture of a beach on May 27, 2020. All he wrote was, "American Horror Story. Clue." 

Another Clue

On August 28, Murphy announced that production was aiming for an October start date with this picture of some scary teeth. "And yes this is a clue," he wrote. That October start date did not end up happening. 

Sharper Teeth

In November, Murphy shared this key art with no caption. The teeth are sharper and more in focus, and someone appears to be getting a tongue tattoo. Sharp teeth, tongue tattoos and windy beaches aren't making a whole lot of sense yet, but we can't say we're not intrigued. 

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