Girls star, writer, and creator Lena Dunham joins the cast of American Horror Story, ahead of a day full of reveals for the upcoming seventh season. It is the latest of a string of announcements and teasers shared by AHS mastermind Ryan Murphy on social media. The title, according to Murphy, will be released today, July 20, likely at Comic Con.
The news was revealed this time on Twitter, with Murphy sharing the following message:
Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r!
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 20, 2017
Unfortunately it seems Murphy was the only one excited, as fans flocked with a myriad of disappointed gifs and harsh criticism of the actress. “AHS is cancelled” and “Lena Dunham is the real American Horror Story” echoed through fans’ responses. Not the best welcome to a popular TV franchise.
The move to cast Dunham can certainly be seen as controversial, given the accusations of child molestation and racism that now envelop her name. Nonetheless, she’s in the cast now and joins AHS veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, as well as newbies Billy Eichner and Colton Haynes.
It is not known what role Dunham takes on in the upcoming season, but we do know that it takes on a political theme channeling last year’s US election. Twisty the Clown from Season 4 also manages to make a reappearance, so there’s no guessing what else could be in store.
The show will be Dunham’s first major project since bidding farewell to Girls in April after 6 seasons. Perhaps the opportunity can gain her some credit and provide a platform for other ventures. All in good time.