MAKE THIS HAPPEN! American Horror Story is in talks to obtain the rights for the unsettling Creepypasta character The Slender Man for Season 6, according to an AHS insider.
An American Horror Story insider told US Magazine that Ryan Murphy's people are after The Slender Man -- possibly as a new villain -- for Season 6 of the show.
“Someone else wrote the script, and AHS wants to adapt it to fit the show. They have to buy the rights. Then they’re going to figure out the cast from there.”
The Slender Man -- sometimes written Slenderman -- was created by Eric Knudsen for the web form Something Awful in 2009, and is a fine example of modern, crafted folklore. He is a tall, very thin man in a dark suit. His face is totally blank and he is sometimes portrayed with creeping tentacles. He exerts a strange pull over children, using them as his 'proxies' to do things for him.
He's certainly sinister enough to fit right in with the pantheon of American Horror Story villains...
Who could play Slender Man in the American Horror Story canon? There's James Cromwell, who plays nefarious Nazi doctor Arthur Arden in American Horror Story: Asylum; he stands 6 foot 7 and is already established as an AHS villain. The showrunners could even call on his son, John Cromwell, who played the young Arthur Arden (then known as Hans Gruper) in Elsa's amputation flashback in Freak Show and is a full inch taller than his father.
Alternatively, AHS could follow Hotel's example of casting a previously good character in an evil role; Freak Show's gorgeous Amazon Eve -- played by Erika Ervin -- is 6 foot 8, and the possibility of a feminine reveal could lead to some interesting plot lines... Ervin's 38D bust might be a bit of a problem there!
The best casting I can think of is a man who is a veteran at playing creepy ghouls and has even played the Slender Man before: Doug Jones.
He was the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, and a Gentleman in Buffy before he donned the slim-fit suit for Slender Man in Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story. Check out the trailer below.