The reality star, entrepreneur, podcast host, and pop culture icon Kim Kardashian has just signed on to star in the upcoming 12th season of FX’s American Horror Story in a role written especially for her. She joins Emma Roberts, returning AHS star and Murphy’s series.
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“Kim is among the biggest and brightest television stars alive and we are so excited to welcome her to the AHS family,” AHS co-creator Murphy said in a statement to THR. “Emma and I are delighted to be working with this true cultural force. Halley Feiffer has written a role that is fun, stylish, and ultimately terrifying, especially for Kim, and this season is ambitious and unlike anything we’ve done before. (Hollywood Reporter)
Murphy and Kardashian are friends, and the prolific television producer and filmmaker is said to have been impressed with her well-received 2021 hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live. They began talking last summer about developing a unique role for their scripted television debut. Details about Kardashian and Roberts’ roles are being kept top secret, although writing about Kardashian’s involvement was on the wall this morning with a cryptic Instagram post from her account: the most followed worldwide.
Although Kardashian has acted before, this will be her most high-profile performance to date. The series has been a revolving door for big names since it approached Jessica Lange in season one and cast Lady Gaga in season five.
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The move also sees Kardashian doubling down on her relationship with Disney, where she and her family launched the reality show The Kardashians on Hulu just a year ago. The station is also the de facto digital home of Disney’s own FX programming board.
Roberts has been part of the rotating AHS cast since the 2013 Coven entry and has also appeared on the Freak Show, Cult, Apocalypse, and 1984 entries. She returns to the franchise after a four-year hiatus.
American Horror Story is one of the longest-running and highest-grossing films in Ryan Murphy Productions’ premier television portfolio, having received more than 100 Emmy nominations and 13 wins to date.