As tradition dictates, Ryan Murphy has spent the last couple of months teasing the theme of the new season of American Horror Story. We've known for a while that the Presidental Election will feature heavily, but Murphy has been faithful to his cryptic self and revealed little else. Until now.

Speaking at Comic Con, Murphy revealed that the seventh season would be titled Cult, and unveiled a teaser trailer that isn't for those that have coulrophobia (fear of clowns). Murphy also confirmed that Cult is set in Michigan and the season will consist of eleven episodes. Prior to Comic-Con, Murphy had announced on Twitter that Girls star and creator Lena Dunham is joining the cast.

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"Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we are!"

After five years and six seasons, we bid a tearful farewell to Girls earlier this year with a profoundly satisfying conclusion. Without spoiling it for those who haven't seen it, the door is left open to revisiting these characters in the future, but it was a near perfect finale and unexpectedly powerful.

Dunham will join Amercian Horror Story regulars, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Cheyenne Jackson, and the return of Freak Show's Twisty The Clown played by John Carroll Lynch. Newcomers this year include alongside newcomers Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), Leslie Grossman (Popular), Colton Haynes (Arrow), and Billy Eichner (Difficult People). There's no word yet fellow AHS regulars Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett featuring in Cult, but they could still pop up in a guest role.

After the middling Hotel, American Horror Story served up a surprise two part season all wrapped up in one ten episode run. My Roanoke Nightmare started as a docudrama with interviews from the survivors of a supernatural ordeal featuring reenactments of the events. I won't spoil what happens after the first five episodes, but let's just say Roanoke was by far the strongest season in years.

American Horror Story: Cult will launch slightly earlier this year and will kick off on FX September 5, we'll let you know as soon as a UK broadcast date is confirmed.

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