American Horror Story season 9: News, spoilers, theme, cast, release date and everything we know so far

10 June 2019, 22:46 | Updated: 10 June 2019, 22:51

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

All the latest news and information about American Horror Story season 9 including the cast, theme, theories, spoilers and trailers.

Have we all recovered from American Horror Story: Apocalypse? Great - time for the next nightmare! AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON 9, HERE WE COME!

American Horror Story was renewed for seasons eight and nine way back in January 2017 with the confirmation that the show would be back for season 10 earlier this year. There's no doubting that Apocalypse has been one of the most show-stopping and jaw-dropping seasons of the show so far but after the *actual* end of days, where can the series possibly go next?

American Horror Story season 9 will be titled "AHS: 1984"

It was revealed by Ryan Murphy in April that this season's title will be: AHS 1984. Murphy dropped a teaser trailer that screamed '80's cabin slasher movie'. It's since been teased by executive producer Tim Minear that the season will very much give off an '80s horror vibe.

It's also been confirmed that Evan Peters will NOT be part of season 9. This will be the first season without him. Sarah Paulson, however, does appear to be returning this season.

Here's the latest news about American Horror Story season 9...

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- While no other cast members have been confirmed, Leslie Grossman and Cody Fern have both spoken about their potential involvement in season 9.

- Billy Eichner will not be returning for season 9, explaining in a tweet that he "can’t do AHS this year."

- Evan Peters will not be returning for season 9 either. In an interview at Wondercon, Evan confirmed that he would be "sitting a season out." Evan previously said he was going to "take a break" from acting. It's likely that he'll return for season 10.

- Confirmed by Ryan Murphy on Instagram, we'll be seeing a brand new face join the cast in season 9. Olympian Gus Kenworthy has been cast as Emma Roberts' boyfriend. No other details about his character have been released.

Here's everything we know about American Horror Story season 9 so far:

What is the theme for American Horror Story season 9?

The title for season 9 will be 'AHS: 1984' and judging by the teaser trailer, the season's theme appears to be that of an 80's slasher movie. The trailer features a woman running through the woods followed by a terrifying masked figure carrying a huge knife.

Some fans have been speculating the season could take place at a summer camp, others are wondering if the show will do an AHS slasher take on George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

When will American Horror Story season 9 be released?

Season 9 of American Horror Story will likely be released in 2019. Given that the seasons usually premiere in September or October, AHS will be back on our screens in just under a year.

Which cast members will return for American Horror Story Season 9?

For the first time in the show's history, Evan Peters will not be part of the new season. He confirmed in March 2019 that he would be "sitting a season out." The news follows his recent "break" that he revealed in an interview with GQ. He later expressed that a return in season 10 is still on the table.

Billy Eichner will not be part of the new season either, explaining that he's unable to take part on Twitter.

Emma Roberts and Gus Kenworthy are the first two - and only - confirmed cast members for season 9.

Sarah Paulson has said previously that she's always up for whatever Murphy is dreaming up next. "I have found a home in the sense that I work for a person who sees me completely, knows my strengths and weaknesses, knows how to push me and keeps throwing me the ball,” Paulson said of continuing to work with Murphy. “Why would you leave something that works? This idea of jumping off one thing just to be available in case something great comes by, that’s like leaving your wonderful mate because you think maybe someone more interesting is out there.”

Fans are also speculating whether or not Cody Fern will back for a second season. Speaking to OUT, he said he'd return "in a heartbeat," if he was asked by Murphy. Murphy also appears to have confirmed via Instagram that he'll be working with Cody on another upcoming project, but did not specify whether it was AHS-related or not. (Probably not, but one can dream.)

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What’s going to happen in American Horror Story Season 9?

Who knows! Before it was announced that season eight would now be the crossover season, fans speculated that the next season could focus on some kind of nuclear threat that tied into Freak Show - but that turned out to be a preeeeetty big plot point in Apocalypse.

It's likely (considering what was shown in the teaser trailer) that the main focus on the season will revolve around a masked serial killer... who runs around the woods chasing people. But then again, teaser trailers for AHS have often been misleading in the past.

According to executive producer Tim Minnear, the season will "be really scary but a lot of fun, like it always is. And that if you have a taste for ’80s horror, you’re in for a treat.” (Via The Wrap)

If we take the '1984' George Orwell connection into mind, could the season also focus on some kind of government surveillance?

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Have they started filming American Horror Story season 9 yet?

Not yet! Filming will likely take place in the summer/fall of 2019, as the show maintains a much smaller window between the filming and the airing of the season to avoid leaks or spoilers.

Is there an American Horror Story season 9 trailer?

Well, there's a teaser trailer but so far... nothing that features any new characters. When there is, we'll let you know.

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