Pop culture icon Kim Kardashian took to instagram to share her latest venture, co-starring in the upcoming season of American Horror Story alongside the oft-cast scream queen, Emma Roberts.
This installation will be the 12th season of FX’s American Horror Story, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy hand picked Kardashian to star. Murphy was so impressed with Kardashian’s well-received 2021 SNL hosting gig, that they started talking about creating a role just for her specifically for her.
“Kim is among the biggest and brightest television stars in the world and we are thrilled to welcome her to the AHS family,” said Murphy “Emma and I are excited about collaborating with this true force in the culture. Halley Feiffer has written a fun, stylish and ultimately terrifying role especially for Kim, and this season is ambitious and unlike anything we have ever done.”
This isn’t Murphy’s first time casting a mega-star in the FX show. In the fifth season of the show, Lady Gaga brutally played the role of The Countess, for which she won a Golden Globe for her performance.
“I’m not the type of girl who fits most molds,” Gaga said to Billboard. “That’s why working on American Horror Story with Ryan is a destiny. I wanted to create something extremely meaningful by exploring the art of darkness. The reason I love watching horror films, mysteries and documentaries about crime is that it somehow numbs me from the pain I experience in my own life. The terror of that suspends you, and you are able to forget about your own pain for a moment. It’s like a safe, psychological form of masochism.”
She’s continuing to “explore the darkness” in her role as Harley Quinn in the upcoming Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux.
Murphy also has a knack for casting relatively unknown or underutilized actors and skyrocketing them to stardom, including actors like Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Cody Fern, Billie Lourde and several others. These actors star in several seasons of the show, across multiple roles, and even in other projects like Paulson’s role in Ratched.
We think Kim is going to make an incredible addition to the star-studded cast, especially for this unique season titled Delicate, based (in part) from an upcoming novel from Danelle Valentine called Delicate Condition.
Novelist Andrea Bartz described the book as the “feminist update to Rosemary’s Baby we all needed.” According to the book’s description on Amazon, the story follows a woman who is told she has a miscarriage, and despite all the (male) doctors telling her she is no longer pregnant, she can feel something moving inside her, weakening her from the insight out.
The novel’s tagline is “Her body is no longer her own,” so we’re hoping Murphy and crew will take this opportunity to talk about the abysmal state of abortion rights and women’s health care in this country.
This is the first time American Horror Story will lean so greatly on source material. There’s another first for this season– it is written and run by a single writer, Halley Feiffer.
There has been no official premiere date released, the instagram teaser promises it will be out at some point this summer.
Top photo: screengrab from the American Horror Story season 12 teaser as shared on Kim Kardashian’s instagram.