It won't just be the absence of Evan Peters that will be felt in American Horror Story: 1984, multiple sources have confirmed that Sarah Paulson won't be leading the cast in the ninth cycle of the horror anthology.
According to Deadline, Paulson is unable to take on a significant role in 1984 owing to her commitments to FX's 70s set FX's political drama Mrs. America, and Ryan Murphy's (AHS co-creator) Netflix series Ratched. The streaming giant handed out a two-season order for Ratched which has Paulson starring as the younger version of the infamous Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. On the slightly more positive note, while Paulson won't be starring in 1984, she will be making an appearance of some kind in guest star capacity.
The new season will be the first time since the second season Paulson won't be taking a leading role. Paulson has featured in every season of Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk's anthology series since it began with Murder House back in 2011. Since Jessica Lange departed the series after Freak Show, Paulson has become the matriarch of the show winning multiple awards for her performances. Last year, Paulson stepped behind the camera to make her directorial debut with the sixth episode of AHS: Apocalypse which saw Jessica Lange reprise her role as Constance Langdon from Murder House.
Shortly before season eight (Apocalypse) started its run last year, FX picked up AHS for an additional two years taking the show to season ten. It remains unclear if next year's tenth cycle will be the last, but Ryan Murphy has been clear that his new deal with Netflix won't prevent further seasons from being made if FX wants more.
American Horror Story: 1984 launches on FX September 13.