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American Horror Story Season 10 cast, theme, release date, trailer

Published: 4/Nov/2020 15:13 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 15:56

by Daniel Megarry

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With Season 10 of American Horror Story on the horizon, we’re looking at everything we know so far: Release date, returning cast members, and that ever-elusive theme.

2020 is the first year in a decade that Ryan Murphy’s popular FX anthology series American Horror Story hasn’t returned for a brand new season of scares and iconic moments. It’s been sorely missed by fans. Halloween just isn’t the same without it.

So naturally, fans are desperate for any new tidbits of information. There have been rumors about an aliens season; confirmation of exciting new (and returning) cast members, and some mysterious teasers set on the beach. Our job is to try and make some sense of it all for you.

Mallory in American Horror Story Cult
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Billie Lourd has been confirmed to appear in American Horror Story Season 10

Below you’ll find everything we know so far about Season 10 of American Horror Story, including release date predictions, theme speculation, and cast members.

American Horror Story Season 10 release date: When is it airing?

Like many other TV shows, Season 10 of American Horror Story was delayed due to the ongoing global health crisis. The good news is that things are back on track, and though we definitely won’t see a 2020 release date, we should get our next fix in 2021.

Every season of American Horror Story has premiered in the Autumn. The four most recent (Roanoke, Cult, Apocalypse, 1984) all began in September, so it’s likely Season 10 could premiere in September 2021.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that fans will be rewarded for their patience with an earlier release, but then again it has always made sense for the show to air through Halloween season, so that seems unlikely.

American Horror Story Season 10 cast: Who is returning?

Fans have always been able to count on two constants within American Horror Story: Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. That changed with last year’s season, 1984, when both actors opted out of starring roles for the first time in eight years.

Fortunately, this year’s Season 10 will see both actors make their comebacks. The announcement of Peters’ return, in particular, was a surprising one, as the star had previously told GQ that his experience on the show had put a strain on his mental health, and led to him taking a break.

Evan Peters in American Horror Story
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Evan Peters will make his American Horror Story return in Season 10

Joining them will be newcomer Macaulay Culkin (of Home Alone fame), as well as a number of fan favorites including Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Finn Wittrock, Lily Rabe, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, and Angelica Ross.

Unfortunately, it looks like we’re in for another American Horror Story season without the iconic Jessica Lange’s presence. She was the lifeblood of the first four seasons of the show. She even made a brief return for Season 8, Apocalypse. But, her time with the show now seems to be over.

Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
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It doesn’t seem likely that Jessica Lange will return to American Horror Story again

When asked if she’d return for another season by The Wrap, Lange replied, “I don’t think so”, explaining that the only reason she returned for Apocalypse was that she was playing Murder House’s Constance Langdon, a character who was “very important” to her.

AHS Season 10 Poster

On November 11, fans were treated to a small teaser poster of the upcoming anthology season.

Featuring a red-lipped person with a freshly tattooed tongue sporting the words ‘AHS10 FX’ and razor-sharp teeth, it seems that this season will continue to push the dark and edgy theme on the devoted viewership. This teaser continues the current water theme, with a possible nod towards sharks and their teeth.

American Horror Story Season 10 theme: Are we finally getting aliens?

Every teaser shared by creator Murphy so far has pointed towards the water, with suggestions of a beach or seaside setting. If this really is a hint at the theme of Season 10, fans have speculated there could be mermaids, a deserted island, or even a cruise ship horror in store for us.

However, actor Sarah Paulson recently appeared to hint that a long-standing theory about an alien-themed season could actually be happening. Aliens first (briefly) appeared in Season 2, Asylum, but their existence in the American Horror Story universe remains shrouded in mystery. Fans have wanted answers ever since.

Aliens in American Horror Story
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Fans are hoping aliens will make a comeback in American Horror Story Season 10

After reading the aliens theory out loud in a video for Harper’s Bazaar, Paulson said: “I plead the fifth. Everyone’s going to think that’s me confirming it. I just think it’s possible, how about that? I think that is… possible.”

She then went on to joke that she’s “going to get into so much trouble” for making those comments. This lead some to believe aliens really are going to be part of the upcoming season.

Whatever the theme is, it appears to be reliant on the ongoing global health crisis. Speaking to The Wrap, Murphy said his original idea for Season 10 was “weather-dependent” and had to be filmed during the warmer months, so he may have had to change the theme entirely.

Finn Wittrock interview

Interviewed by fan page Finn Wittrock Source, the actor recently shed some further light on the upcoming season. He said that Season 10 will have a unique structure that we’ve not seen before.

“I’m sworn to secrecy, or else I forfeit my firstborn child. However, I think I am allowed to tell you this: This season is structured in a way no other season has been. And yes it has something to do with sharp teeth.”

Whether the episode is linear, non-linear, featuring time jumps or any other fantastic storytelling tricks, it’ll be interesting to see what the showrunners have planned.

American Horror Story Season 10 trailer: Is there any footage yet?

Filming is currently underway, so we wouldn’t expect to see any footage for a while. There has been an ominous cast reveal teaser, though, which as we said before seems to point towards a water theme.

Interestingly, the cast reveal is accompanied by country singer Orville Peck’s song Dead of Night. Could this be a hint in itself? Zombies, perhaps? We wouldn’t put it past Ryan Murphy and co.

Teasers for last year’s season, 1984, began appearing two months before release. A full-length trailer dropped a month before the season premiere. We’d expect a similar time frame for Season 10.

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Paul Bettany says MCU will be seen in ‘brand new way’ after WandaVision

Published: 26/Nov/2020 16:49

by Emma Soteriou

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Marvel star Paul Bettany has given an insight into what it was like working on WandaVision, and how it will change the future of the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Excitement around WandaVision, set to arrive on Disney Plus at the beginning of 2021, has definitely grown in recent months, especially as the last time we saw Wanda Maximoff she had lost everything.

Flash forward to the new series and a few familiar faces look set for a return, but speculation has left us wondering what’s in store for the Scarlet Witch.

Marvel's WandaVision
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WandaVision will pay homage to different eras

How will WandaVision impact the MCU?

As Marvel’s first Disney Plus series, WandaVision is expected to set precedent for the new direction the MCU will be going in for Phase Four. It’s already confirmed to be directly setting up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will be arriving in 2022, and could be the very beginning of the multiverse.

In a recent interview with Collider, Paul Bettany gave more details about how the upcoming show would affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the long run. “I think it’s gonna make you think about the MCU in a whole brand new way, but I do think that it’s absolutely a part of that universe,” he said.

“As each episode unfolds, the audience will be able to peel back layer upon layer until this rather beautiful puzzle box… will be revealed to everybody and it will make sense.”

It has already been confirmed that the new Disney Plus shows will be a part of the MCU, but it seems they will play a much bigger role than initially thought, which Bettany believes is a smart move forward for the world of superheroes.

“If you think about it, what Kevin Feige has done is like a grand TV experiment anyway. It’s sequels and spin-offs, in an episodic formula and spin-off formula, like you’ve had in television forever, just done on a grand scale in film.”

Marvel's WandaVision on Disney Plus
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The show will be first to arrive on Disney Plus

Despite the change in format, the actor felt little difference in filming WandaVision. The only new challenge was in creating six to eight hours of content on the same budget they would use for a two and a half hour movie.

“They did some very clever things, like we shot the first episode in two days, in front of a live studio audience,” he explained.

“We basically ran it twice with the three cameras, running between sets. That allows you to bank all of that time for the action.”

The show will go through the decades – from the 50s to present day – paying homage to each era. However, with so many questions left unanswered from the end of Avengers: Endgame, the sitcom-style show will have a lot to cover, in order to make fans happy.

WandaVision will be available on Disney Plus from January 15, 2021. Find out everything you need to know about the show here.