While Ryan Murphy engages in another drawn-out PR campaign before revealing the theme of the upcoming season of American Horror Story (best guess, it’s about the election, but it’s also about bees, but it’s somehow not BrainDead), he’s let one detail slip: Lena Dunham is involved.
Murphy doesn’t specify if the writer/director/actress will be writing, directing, or acting, but Deadline reports that whatever she’s doing, she’s only working on one episode. This season will star Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Alison Pill, and Adina Porter; the title and theme will be revealed Thursday, July 20. Assuming insects will somehow be involved, here’s something to pass the time while you’re waiting: Roger Corman’s 1959 public domain horror film The Wasp Woman, complete with the television introduction later added by Switchblade Sisters director Jack Hill.
Any excuse to embed a Roger Corman movie, but since it’s Ryan Murphy, an insect-themed American Horror Story will probably be closer to 1973’s less-safe-for-work Invasion of the Bee Girls, in which a cult of insect women murder men by wearing them out sexually. Given last season’s multiple fake promos, insects might not be involved at all. But whatever the theme, now that Lena Dunham has signed on we can be sure that sexual encounters next season between any combination of Bee Girls, their hapless victims, Wasp Women, their hapless victims, Flies, Thems, Mants, or Mimics will not only be terrifying but also hilarious and awkward in a relatable way.