Having just premiered, FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” has long been slated to be the final outing of its leading lady Jessica Lange after four seasons with the anthology series.
Creator Ryan Murphy isn’t quite ready to let her go just yet though, and he tells TV Line he has an idea that may get her return, even if it is in a reduced capacity:
“It always starts with a character for Jessica, so I think I’d have to present her with something she was very interested in. Before, I was met with a really quick ‘No.’ Now, I’m hearing, ‘Well, let’s keep talking.’ So I thought that was a very good sign. I think if I presented her with the right character, and it could work with her schedule, she might be interested. That’s my hope.”
Part of the reason Lange has softened her stance is that her role as German ex-pat turned carnival head Elsa Mars in the new season is her favorite so far. Murphy says:
“This is her favorite season, without question. I really want her to keep her hand in. Does that mean 13 episodes? Does that mean six? Does that mean one? She and I are probably going to have a dinner date when the holidays come.”
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” is slated to run through to the end of January next year.