Former 'Bourne' Star Franka Potente Joins 'American Horror Story'
If Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" hits a sophomore slump, let no one blame a weak cast.
The dark FX drama's second season - already boasting Zachary Quinto, Jessica Lange and a debuting Adam Levine - has added former "The Bourne Identity" star Franka Potente to its next lineup, TVLine.com reports. The German actress is slated for a two-episode stint as a guest of the sinister East Coast asylum run by the returning Lange.
Potente made her first significant starring role as the title character in the well-received 1998 German crime thriller "Run Lola Run." She played a small-time criminal's girlfriend, scrambling to scrape together the money her man needs to pay off a debt and spare his life. Stateside, she might be best known for playing accidental love-interest Marie Kreutz in 2001's "The Bourne Identity" and for a cup of coffee in 2004's "The Bourne Supremacy."
Oh, and in a tongue-in-cheek play on her "Bourne" legacy, she played a spy in a fourth-season episode of USA's comedy "Psych," titled "One, Possibly Two Ways Out."
As described above, the whole of the second "American Horror Story" takes place in a 1960s insane asylum, and is played out by a combination of new cast members and first-season ones returning to play completely new roles. Thus far, Murphy's cast includes Potenta, Lange, Levine, Quinto, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brocheré, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Britne Oldford, Mark Consuelos, Clea Duvall, Jenna Dewan and Chris Zylka.
With no air date officially announced yet, the next season is set to hit FX sometime this October - just in time for Halloween.