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Casting News: Billie Lourd lines up two roles including AHS; Fantastic Beasts actress joins Maleficent 2

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May 18, 2018

In casting news today, we've learned that Billie Lourd (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Scream Queens) has taken on two new projects, and that Maleficent 2 is rounding out its cast. Let's dive in!

According to Deadline, Lourd (the daughter of Carrie Fisher) will return to American Horror Story for its upcoming eighth season. She will join the already announced Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins. Lourd previously appeared in the seventh season of Ryan Murphy's hit anthology series, and also made her television debut in Murphy's Scream Queens

In terms of what the new season will involve, Murphy has said that it will be a departure from the previous edition, American Horror Story: Cult: “It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum, and Coven. That’s the tone of it.” According to Deadline, the rumored title for Season 8 is American Horror Story: Radioactive

Lourd is not just returning to TV screens — she has also nabbed a role in the new feature film Booksmart, which will be the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde.  

The new film deals with two overachievers on the eve of their high school graduation, both of whom realize that they should have had more fun. They set out to jam four years of mirth into a single night. Cast members Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein have already been announced. 

Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles, and will hopefully be wrapped in time for Lourd to (presumably) reprise her role as Lt. Connix in Star Wars: Episode IX

(via Deadline)


Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray, Ezra Miller, and Faith Wood-Blagrove in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Samantha Morton, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Ezra Miller, and Jenn Murray in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Credit: Warner Bros.)

Disney's Maleficent 2 continues to round out its cast, which now includes Michelle Pfieffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Ed Skrein in addition to the returning Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) and Elle Fanning (Aurora). 

Variety is now reporting that Jenn Murray (pictured above, right) has now joined the cast of the sequel film, which will be directed by Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). Murray is probably best known for playing Chastity Barebone in the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 

Details on Murray's role are unknown at this time, and so is the basic story of the film, for that matter. An earlier script was written by Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton, with Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster writing "the most recent draft," according to Variety. 

The first film told the Sleeping Beauty tale from the point of view of (the surprisingly not really evil) Maleficent. It went through almost all of the beats of the classic story (and the original animated Disney version), and also added in more than a pinprick of its own lore. The new film could draw on the world-building of the first film, or do something completely different. Production on the film will begin this year. 

(via Variety)