American Horror Story Season 2 is “a completely different world to Season 1”

American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy drops drops hints on the setting for Season 2, which sees Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto return as new characters

American Horror Story Season 2

American Horror Story Season 2
American Horror Story Season 2's hospital setting was first revealed in this teaser poster

American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy  revealed some more details about the second season of FX’s shocking spook show at an event in Hollywood, saying, “Season 2 is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica Lange.”

Lange, who played the vampish Constance, is one of only a handful of actors who are returning, including Lily Rabe (Twenties spectre Nora Montgomery), Sarah Paulson (medium Billie Dean), and Star Trek 2‘s Zachary Quinto (one half of a bitchy gay couple Chad Warwick), and all of them will be playing completely new characters

“It’s a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1,” confirmed Murphy, “there’s not a mention of Season 1. The second season is set in a completely different time period.”

Murphy hinted that the roster of returning actors may well expand, saying, “The idea is to work with actors that you love and are excited by.

“There will be other people up on this stage who are not announced who will also be in it,” he teased, “but are playing the polar opposite of what they were in the first season in every way.”

It’s not only the recurring cast who are eating up press attention however, as Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has also been confirmed.

“He’s a sexy guy so he needs to play a sexy guy, but the guy that is different than who you think he would play,” said Ryan. “I pitched him the part and he listened, slack jawed, and simply said, ‘I’m in.’ The second season is fun, sexy and baroque. It has a lot of meat to it; it’s a really gritty part. He’s with a girl and they play characters called The Lovers.”