In a new interview from WonderCon, American Horror Story franchise favorite actor Evan Peters says he won't be returning for the show's upcoming ninth season. Having appeared in main roles ever since the show's inception in 2011, Season 9 will be the first for AHS to go without Peters in the cast. "I'm going to sit a season out," Peters said when asked directly about his future on the show, and it appears to be the actor's own choice. While it's possible we could see Peters come back to the franchise in the future, don't expect to see him show up on Season 9 of the hit FX series.
In true AHS fashion, details on the upcoming ninth season are being kept private. The theme has yet to be revealed, and no information about the plot has been made available. Two names have been confirmed for the cast so far, which includes franchise star Emma Roberts. Longtime viewers might remember her from her roles in Coven, Freak Show, Cult, and last year's Apocalypse. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy has also been cast to play her boyfriend on the show. Of course, no details on either character has been given, other than that the two will be playing a couple on the show. The season is expected to begin production this summer, with a likely release date for the fall of 2019.
Evan Peters was last seen on AHS last fall by appearing in Apocalypse, the show's eighth season. The season served as a crossover for Murder House and Coven, the first and third seasons of the show. Of course, Peters had appeared in prominent roles for both of those seasons as well. Set in a world ravaged by the fallout of thousand of nuclear bombs, Peters plays both hairdresser Mr. Gallant and scientist Jeff Pfister. He also reprised the roles of James Patrick March of Hotel and Tate Langdon of Murder House. Clearly, the show is practically synonymous with Peters, and it's going to feel like something is missing without him being there for Season 9.
Although Peters might be putting his AHS work on hold, he will remain active in the X-Men franchise. The actor will be reprising the role of Quicksilver for the upcoming movie Dark Phoenix, starring alongside Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, and Jessica Chastain. In the movie, the X-Men will be forced to face Jean Grey when she loses control to a sinister alternate personality known as Phoenix. Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, the movie is set to premiere in theaters on June 7, 2019.
It's important to note that Peters is saying he merely wants to sit out for a season, as opposed to departing the show for good. Should AHS continue past Season 9, then we could be seeing Peters coming back to the popular horror show once again. The actor's absence will certainly have fans missing him next season, but it seems probably we'll see a lot of other franchise mainstays returning in new roles. You can see Peters himself saying he'll be sitting next season out in the video clip below from Candidly Carlo.