Another big name has been announced to star in American Horror Story's upcoming seventh season: actress Billie Lourd. You may know her from her hilarious portrayal of Chanel #3 in the campy horror-comedy #ScreamQueens. Her character will be remembered for wearing earmuffs throughout the series, paying homage to #StarWars icon Princess Leia — who was played by Lourd's mother, Carrie Fisher.
Lourd will star in a lead role alongside AHS veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. The new season is rumored to center around the latest presidential election, beginning on election night and following the controversial events thereafter.
The details regarding Lourd's character have not been shared as of yet, but this is a Ryan Murphy project, so what else should we expect? There have been a few rumblings since the theme's reveal — but with a show like AHS, who knows what twisted direction Murphy will take?
It is safe to assume he will not take the conservative approach, considering his history of pushing boundaries and catering to shock value. I trust that Murphy understands that viewers need an escape from the constant storm of political news filling our feeds, so I could easily see this upcoming theme being something metaphorical for a larger horror setup.
This is the second cast announcement for a newcomer on the anthology, Billy Eichner being the first, and it's another example of Murphy's method of reusing key members of his #TV shows. Lourd co-starred on Scream Queens with Emma Roberts, who appeared in multiple seasons of AHS. Could that mean there is a chance she could be back for future installments?
The casting of Lourd also serves as more evidence towards a possible cancellation of Scream Queens. A third season is not out of the question just as of yet, but Lourd now joins Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Keke Palmer in moving on to new projects. If the show does get axed, who wants to join me in petitioning for the addition of Jamie Lee Curtis to AHS?
Jokes aside, it is also important to add that this is Billie Lourd's first new project following the sudden, tragic deaths of her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds. Lourd and Fisher will both appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which Fisher completed filming before her passing.
Even though Lourd's career is just taking off, it is clear that her mother and grandmother heavily inspired her on and off the screen, as she shares their scene-stealing talent and unique presence.
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