American Horror Story, which is now pushing a decade on the air, may be a television institution that’s seemingly done it all across its various anthology iterations, but the long-in-the-tooth Ryan Murphy-created FX series is proving that it’s thirsty for more with the surprise announcement of its tenth season cast, revealing former child superstar Macaulay Culkin!
Murphy, in what has become a tradition, personally unveiled the ensemble lineup for American Horror Story Season 10 on his Instagram with a teaser video for the untitled anthology iteration. Set to the soundtrack of masked cowboy singer Orville Peck’s wistfully dreamy “Dead of Night,” the clip showcases the gloomy scenery of a beach, over which the revelatory cast credits roll.
The 10th season ensemble consists of AHS repertories Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, joined by alumni such as Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Finn Wittrock, and Angelica Ross. However, the shock name-drop of Macaulay Culkin is clearly the dominant narrative here, adding the former child megastar who became a household name in the 1990s off the Home Alone films, which yielded him several notable headlining roles in films such as My Girl, The Good Son, The Pagemaster and Richie Rich. His pop-culture-ubiquitous run suddenly stopped by the end of that decade, a move that stemmed from his desire to leave the persistence of the public eye. Indeed, Culkin has only acted sporadically in the past few decades, most recently putting in a 2019 guest role on Hulu comedy series Dollface and a supporting role in star/writer/director Seth Green’s comedy movie, Changeland.
Interestingly enough, Culkin blipped the pop culture radar prominently in December 2018 when he appeared in a commercial for Google Assistant as a near-forty-year-old version of his Home Alone character, the burglar-trap-building Kevin McCallister, who, once again left home alone, utilizes devices and machinations run on the A.I. Moreover, he was the subject of a recent Esquire cover story, which, amongst other things, made headlines for his emphatic clarification on the nature of his famed childhood friendship with late pop icon Michael Jackson in light of recent reexaminations of the molestation claims made against the latter.
American Horror Story, which debuted on FX back on October 5, 2011, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, with the network having recently made an advance renewal for three more seasons after this year’s Season 10, essentially ensuring the show’s existence until at least 2023. Indeed, Season 10 itself was ordered well in advance back in August 2018, set to arrive in 2020 as the follow-up to 2019’s Season 9, which, titled AHS: 1984, brandished a retro thematic approach evocative of 1980s slasher films.
There’s no official release date (or, for that matter, a proper title) set for American Horror Story Season 10. However, the series reliably premieres in the fall, typically in September, in time for a run that appropriately crosses the Halloween season.