Ryan Murphy's brilliant masterpiece "American Horror Story" will soon be airing its 5th season on FX. This season's theme is "Hotel" and true to its name, the show will be set in a shady hotel, which is prone to unnatural deaths and other inauspicious events.
Jessica Lange, a stand-out star in all the four seasons, is definitely not returning for the upcoming season. At the PaleyFest Panel this year, Lange said, "We've had a great run here. I mean, I absolutely love doing these four characters, and in all the madness, I love the writers and Ryan (Murphy) and the insanity of shooting it," but that she is done with the show.
Over the course of four seasons, Lange played a washed-up Southern belle in season 1 "Horror House", an acerbic nun in season 2 "Asylum", a dominant witch in season 3 "Coven" and a German carnival ringmaster in season 4 "Freak Show". Although Lange will be terribly missed, many beloved members of the "American Horror Story" regular cast will be returning for season 5 'Hotel', and they will be joined by an exciting group of new actors.
Here is the complete list of characters and actors that are set to appear in the show:
Evan Peters as The Prowler
Peters, who has been a cast-member of the "AHS" since the first season will be seen as a mysterious young man that hangs around the hotel and dark alley ways.
Sara Paulson as Janis Joplin
Paulson has also played prominent roles in all the "AHS" seasons. In "Hotel" she will portray a rock-star who checks into the hotel, unaware of the terrifying events that await her.
Kathy Bates as Claudia DeVeau
Bates plays a devoted agent of Janis who will do absolutely anything in her power to keep Janis' name untainted.
Finn Wittrock as Chap Newton
Newton is a happily engaged man, who out of some bad luck, decides to spend a night at the Hotel.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Martina McBride
The acclaimed actress would play the role of the Hotel's previous owner Martina McBride.
Lily Rabe as Annabelle Evergreen
Rabe will play the current owner of the "Hotel", who is slowly losing her sanity, thanks to the supernatural events that occur there.
Alexander Skarsgård as Joshua Evergreen
Joshua Evergreen is the supportive and loving husband of the young Hotel-owner Annabelle.
Angela Bassett as Lolita Jones
Bassett plays a jazz singer who regularly performs at the bar of the "Hotel".
Denis O'Hare as Leo Maxwell
Maxwell, who is another known figure among "AHS" fans, will play the role of a bartender at the Hotel, who is a very close friend of Lolita.
Lady Gaga as Elisa Starr
Gaga plays the role of a popular lounge singer, who is pitted against Lolita and is always competing with her for popularity.
Matt Bomer as Terry Castro
Bomer plays a tedious bellboy who is always on the look-out for trouble and keeps an eye out for everyone.
Tammy Blanchard as Theresa Faulkner
Theresa Faulkner is the strict and bitter head maid of the Hotel who secretly has the habit of peeping in on the guests.
Frances Conroy as Maude Madelyn
Conroy's Maude Madelyn is an imitator of Marilyn Monroe. She has an affinity for younger men and murder.
Cheyenne Jackson as Thimas Seabras
Seabras is a bellboy of the Hotel who loves to gossip and is seen engaging in strange and suspicious behaviour.
Grace Gummer as Emma Lam
Emma Lam is a maid at the hotel who is seen engaging in strange activities.
Wes Bentley as Father Dominic Deon
Father Deon is a happy-go-lucky leader of a group who is as curious as they are religious.
Donald Sutherland as father Abner Gates
Father Gates is a priest that tries to cleanse the Hotel of its impurities and bad spirits. However, his efforts end very badly.
Steven Weber as Ray Ottoman
Weber's Ottoman is a Hotel inspector, who is despised by the Hotel staff
Chloë Sevigny as Lois Deon
A woman with a dark past, who is now living seemingly happy as a homemaker.
Michael Chiklis as Dr Nelson Brackett
Dr Drackett is an intelligent scientist who is out of work and is desperate to find a job soon.
Christine Estabrook as Abigail White
White is a Realtor of the Hotel.