Jessica Lange Joins FX’s ‘American Horror Story’

The Oscar winning actress will be third lead on the new series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this year, "Glee" producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk landed a new project, "American Horror Story" at FX. And while the duo have already picked up their lead actress, the latest edition to the cast is going to need a major rewrite.

According to Deadline, Jessica Lange has been cast as Constance in "American Horror Story." The series follows a therapist named Ben Harmon and his wife, Vivien, who move into a possibly haunted home in San Francisco. Lange's part was initially described as "the nosy neighbor," but Deadline is reporting that the role will now be expanded in the latest draft of the script to make Constance the third lead of the series.

Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") stars as Vivien, with "True Blood" veteran Denis O'Hare as a character named Larry. The part of Ben has not yet been cast.

FX is already said to be close to ordering "American Horror Story" to series and the addition of Lange may increase those chances. Lange began her career in a remake of "King Kong" before going on to win two Academy Awards for "Tootsie" and "Blue Sky." She also appeared in "Frances," "Crimes of The Heart," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Cape Fear," "Rob Roy," "Titus" and "Big Fish."

More recently, Lange starred in a remake of "Sybil" and the HBO movie, "Grey Gardens."

"American Horror Story" is expected to begin production later this month, with Murphy set to direct the pilot episode. FX President recently stated that if "American Horror Story" is picked up, it may debut on the network as soon as this Fall.