Lily Rabe to Play Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’
If you loved seeing Lily Rabe play bad in American Horror Story‘s second season, Asylum, then you’ll be happy to hear her bad side will be back in Hotel.
The actress, who is one of the few that can say they’ve been in every season of American Horror Story thus far, is preparing to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the show’s upcoming season. Wuornos, who died by lethal injection in October 2002, was convicted of murdering seven men between 1989 and 1990 in Florida, all the while claiming she committed the crimes in self-defense.
Ryan Murphy revealed the news at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We’re doing a two-part, well, we always do a two-part Halloween episode, but our Halloween episode this year is called ‘Devil’s Night,'” said Murphy. “I’m directing it because I love the script so much, when we finished it I said, ‘I can’t give this to anybody else.’ Lily Rabe is coming to that episode. And she’s playing Aileen Wuornos, which is really fun and bizarre. I don’t want to give too much away but I will tell you that she’s at the centerpiece of that, and that’s who she’s playing.”
If Wuornos’ name sounds familiar, it’s probably because her story was solidified in Hollywood by Monster, which starred Charlize Theron as the killer. The actress won Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress for the role.
Along with Rabe, American Horror Story: Hotel stars fellow AHS vets Angela Bassett as Ramona, Evan Peters as Mr. March, Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally, Kathy Bates as Iris, Matt Bomer as Donovan, Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, and last season’s breakout star Finn Wittrock, along with newbies Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson, Max Greenfield, Helena Mattsson, Naomi Campbell, Darren Criss and Richard T. Jones as Detective Hahn (read more about some of the characters here).
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX on Oct. 7.