Late Friday afternoon, television insiders were treated to a screening of the first 3 episodes of American Horror Story: Cult; the 7th season of Ryan Murphy’s mega-hit anthology series returns to FX on September 5th. Before the title and characters were revealed for this latest season, many hypothesized that Evan Peters had grown his hair long in order to play Charles Manson. While those theories were proven wrong when the trailer (below) dropped last week—but it also turns out those theories were kind of correct. The word of the day is: Flashback.
While Peters is playing a modern-day, blue-haired cult leader, he also appears via flashbacks as Charles Manson, David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Andy Warhol. His Warhol character will be directly connected to Lena Dunham, as Murphy confirmed she will be portraying Valerie Solanas in Episode 7; Solanas attempted to assassinate Warhol in the late 1960s.
In a Fox lot Q&A for season 7 with FX CEO John Landgraf, Murphy said, “We examine how these people rise to power. They’re idiots.” Dunahm’s character would appear in episode 7; “Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag”.
“It’s about female rage and that’s in the country now. Solanas wrote the Scum Manifesto. She told all women to kill men, and it was their only way to rise to power,” said the AHS co-creator.
You can learn more about Solanas and the Scum Manifesto in the video below.
Official Synopsis: SCUM Manifesto is a radical feminist manifesto by Valerie Solanas, published in 1967. It argues that men have ruined the world, and that it is up to women to fix it.
American Horror Story: Cult confirmed cast members are: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes, Alison Pill, John Carroll Lynch, Lena Dunham, Frances Conroy, and Mare Winningham.
American Horror Story: Cult returns to FX on September 5th.