If you've been finding yourself a tab bit nervous about what American Horror Story will do once Jessica Lange leaves the series after season four, worry not: Ryan Murphy revealed he will attempt to convince Jessica Lange to stay on American Horror Story for more seasons once season four production begins. Murphy commented on the upcoming fourth season in a new interview with The Huffington Post:
Jessica will be back. She says it's her last [season] but I'm going to do everything I can to convince her to continue with the series because I see "AHS" running for decades. She'll be playing a Marlene Dietrich-type, which has always been one of her dreams. Season 4 will take place in the 1950s ... that's all I can say.
Exciting news! Of course, it's completely possible that Lange won't stay anyway, which would be a very sad day, but it's still nice to know that Ryan Murphy is fighting to keep her on the show. And hey, if she does leave as she's previously said that she will, at the very least, it looks like the series has been grooming star Sarah Paulson to take over as the lead.
As for the plot of season four...well, Murphy didn't reveal anything about that, but we do have some previous hints that we can go over: Back in November 2013, Murphy revealed a tidbit about the location of the season in an interview with EW: "It’s not contemporary...it’s either going to shoot in New Orleans or it’s going to shoot in Santa Fe."
Secondly, as he just said above, Lange will be playing a Marlene Dietrich-type, meaning she'll likely be an actress from Germany (like Dietrich) dealing with the fallout from WWII and the second Red Scare. Just last month, Murphy revealed: "It’s set in 1950...If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we’ve done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I’m very excited!"
A new season of American Horror Story will premiere sometime later this year, likely in October. You can also check out the rest of Murphy's Huff Post interview, including his inspiration for AHS , here.