Welcome home, Connie Britton.
The “American Horror Story: Murder House” alum will be returning for the upcoming eighth installment of the Ryan Murphy anthology series, “Apocalypse,” TheWrap has learned exclusively from an individual with knowledge of production. The actress will be filming her scenes on location at the “Murder House” set in Los Angeles on Friday.
Fellow “Murder House” alum Dylan McDermott is also returning for Season 8 and began shooting his scenes on Wednesday, an insider close to the actor told TheWrap.
FX declined to comment when reached by TheWrap. Representatives for Britton did not immediately return requests for comment.
No details were given on who the stars will be playing this season — which is a crossover between “Murder House” and “Coven” (Season 3). But it would be safe to assume they are reprising their roles as married couple Ben and Vivien Harmon from Season 1.
Murphy previously announced Taissa Farmiga — who played Britton and McDermott’s daughter Violet Harmon on “Murder House” and Zoe in “Coven” — is coming back for the big crossover, along with a slew of other franchise alums, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Stevie Nicks. Oh, and let’s not forget the biggest surprise return of all: Jessica Lange. Add to that series newcomers Joan Collins and Cody Fern.
In case you forgot why Britton and McDermott would be so integral to the upcoming story, allow us to remind you that in Season 1, Vivien gave birth to twins after being raped by Tate (Peters). Tate’s mother, Constance (Lange), adopted the one living baby, his demonic offspring Michael, who was last seen giggling as a toddler, covered in blood, after murdering his babysitter in the Season 1 finale.
The entire Harmon family (with the exception of Michael) ended the season deceased — but were living happily as ghosts in the Murder House in the final episode. And Fern has been cast as a grownup Michael in “Apocalypse,” so we’ll see how that works out for the Harmons — and the rest of humanity — come Season 8.
“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10/9c on FX.