SPOILER ALERT: This article will contain SPOILERS for the FX series ‘Pose’ which we don’t normally cover, but if you’re a fan of genre fiction and ‘Pose’, but aren’t up to date on the latter, proceed with caution or turn back now.
‘Pose’s loss is ‘American Horror Story: 1984’s gain, as Angelica Ross is shifting over from Ryan Murphy’s newest FX hit to his most established. Ross is the third cast member announced for the latest, ninth season of ‘AHS’, following returning regular Emma Roberts and newcomer Gus Kenworthy, an Olympic skier with a few acting credits under his belt. Ross’ role was not revealed.
‘AHS: 1984’ is a tribute to slasher flicks of the era, like ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Sleepaway Camp’, just to name two. In a shocking move, the two actors that have appeared in every installment of ‘AHS’, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters won’t star in this one. Peters appears to be out altogether, while Paulson may show up in a cameo or smaller role. Coincidentally, Peters stepped away to co-star in the first season of ‘Pose’, but doesn’t appear to be part of the show’s second season, which is airing now.
Murphy announced that Ross would be part of ‘AHS: 1984’ via Instagram, after the most recent episode of ‘Pose’ saw Ross’ character, Candy Abundance Ferocity, killed off in a violent and tragic manner. While that death was a brutal reflection of the real-world killings of trans women, at least on ‘AHS’ Ross will be stepping into… er, more entertaining death. (Is that a thing?)
Here is Murphy’s announcement:
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Last night’s episode of Pose required us all to dig deep — @janetmock as writer, myself as writer and director, but most of all our incredible leading ladies. I must applaud @angelicaross for her tour de force of a performance as Candy Abundance Ferocity. It has been a gift to watch her blossom as a true star and undeniable talent. Though she will always be our Candy, and our show suffers this incredible loss, I am elated that the world will get much more Angelica. She is joining the American Horror Story family in another unforgettable role. Congrats Angelica for making history, leaping from #PoseFX to #AHS1984. Welcome to the #AHS family!
‘AHS: 1984’ will premiere on FX on Wednesday, September 18 at 10 pm EST.