Hold on to your seats, because you might need the support: Billy Eichner was cast in American Horror Story Season 7. According to Deadline, the Difficult People star will join the latest installment of the anthology series in a "heavily recurring role" that will have him appearing in "six or seven of the 11 episodes" of the season, which begins shooting in May. What is that role that Eichner is playing, you ask? Well, that's still a bit of a mystery. It's been reported that he'll play a close friend of Murphy's favorite leading lady Sarah Paulson, who has appeared in every season of AHS. Who Paulson is playing, though, is anybody's guess. From this report, we know she'll have friends, so that's something, right?
Here's what we do know about Season 7. It will take place in the aftermath of the 2016 election. The first episode of the still untitled season will actually happen on election night and proceed from there with even more scary stories. Murphy recently told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that "maybe" Trump would be a character in Season 7. He told The Hollywood Reporter that what he's interested in doing with the election season "is not just the obvious, single-minded point of view but rather express all sides of that equation." This means that he's looking for those voices that are being "ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away."
Either way Trump probably won't be played by Paulson, no matter how much she'd like a shot at it. And no matter how much we'd all like to watch.
Murphy told TVLine last year that Season 7 has "a big hook behind it,” and teased that several Freak Show characters would feature in it. As we already know, every season is connected in some way, which makes this upcoming season, set in either real time or the near future, an interesting part of the puzzle. Freak Show took place in 1952. Was Donald Trump somehow back there, too?
It seems fitting that Eichner is making his American Horror Story debut with this politically driven season, since he's been vocal about his feelings for President Donald Trump. In an interview with Variety from earlier this year, Eichner went as far to say that POTUS was "so transparently full of sh*t, it’s shameful" He even said Trump was "a lost cause. It’s up to the rest of us to fight the good fight against him and his cronies who could drag us back 50 years both socially and economically if we let them."
That good fight could include starring in the latest season of AHS, which is sure to take the piss out of the controversies that are plaguing this new administration. If Murphy does end up casting a Trump for his new show, Eichner did offer up someone who could play him: "Jabba the Hutt."