Lena Dunham (Getty/Dimitrios Kambouris)

The terrifying Lena Dunham joins the cast of "American Horror Story" season 7

The scary, scary creator of "Girls" will frighten audiences in the latest season of Ryan Murphy's horror anthology


Gabriel Bell
July 20, 2017 3:52PM (UTC)

A blood-curdling article from Deadline reports that Lena Dunham, the petrifying creator and star of HBO's recently concluded "Girls," has been cast for a one-episode appearance in the upcoming seventh season of FX's anthology series, "American Horror Story".

Series creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the chilling news in a tweet posted in the dark hours of last night:

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Harrowing. At this time there are no further details concerning Dunham's role.

According to rumors, sideways hints and unconfirmed reports, the upcoming season of the show will focus on a subject perhaps more terrifying than anything the series has covered in its previous seven seasons: political campaigns. Whether references to the dark specter of President Donald J. Trump will surface is unknown, but according to past statements by Murphy, it's an easy bet that it will.

Dunham, for her part, was last seen casting a wide pall of terror over the public when she battled with an animal shelter over the fate of her reportedly dysfunctional dog, Lamby. It was a tale of canine gaslighting few will soon forget.

In all seriousness, it should prove an interesting moment as Dunham — whatever one may think of her — is an engrossing, talented performer and creator, one who has had precious few major roles in highly visible productions that weren't in the service of her own projects. Of her 26 acting credits on IMDb acting credits, very few entries list roles that offered more than a handful of seconds on screen.

Appearing in the seventh season of the sometimes campy, sometimes terrifying, sometimes problematic "American Horror Story" are returning players Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adina Porter and Cheyenne Jackson. New hires Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Alison Pill and Colton Haynes have also been confirmed. Dunham herself is currently in development on a feature-length, English-language adaptation the 2016 German-Austrian dramedy, "Toni Erdmann".

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Gabriel Bell

Gabriel Bell is Salon's Deputy Culture Editor. Follow him on Twitter at @GabrielJBell

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