American Horror Story: Cult, the seventh season of the hit FX anthology series, is set to feature storylines involving notorious real-world cult leaders on the order of Charles Manson, David Koresh, Jim Jones and — okay — Andy Warhol.
AHS creator Ryan Murphy has also revealed that actor Evan Peters, who has appeared throughout the show’s run, will play each of the infamous apocalyptic zealots.
In addition, Peters will also portray a fictional figurehead named Kai Anderson who arises in 2017 to unite enraged citizens who are disenfranchised over the current political landscape.
Lena Dunham of HBO’s Girls has also been confirmed in the role of Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Warhol in 1968. Dunham as the violently radical feminist who headed the Society for Cutting Up Men (SCUM) will be featured in an episode titled “Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag.”Related: Valerie Solanas — She Shot Andy Warhol In 1968
Ryan had long wanted to use AHS to explore Charles Manson and his homicidal hippie followers in the Manson Family, but he says he couldn’t make the material feel fresh until the present cultural climate in the U.S., where, as he puts it, “Everyone is at each other’s throat.”
“It’s not about Trump and Clinton. It’s about somebody who put their finger up to the wind and rose up in power and used people’s vulnerabilities, and they feel the world is on fire.”
Dedicated AHS fans should further delight in the fact that Twisty the Clown will also be back. Also be on the lookout for scary bees.
American Horror Story: Cult premieres on September 5.
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