The showrunner announced the news on Twitter last night (July 19), saying that he was "thrilled" to be working with his "talented friend."
Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r!— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 20, 2017
Unfortunately, not all of the reactions to the casting decision have been positive. As with all things Dunham, the internet had a gif-filled field day responding to Murphy's announcement.
This is just.....not necessary pic.twitter.com/Iy7xp1e1Vh— Katie Scott (@KatieScottNews) July 20, 2017
We all want Jessica Lange back!! pic.twitter.com/0PtAnkJXJt— ѕтєρн☻ (@fucknklaroline) July 20, 2017
RYAN WTF ARE YOU DOING pic.twitter.com/fwqAteQUGr— chri💲 (@chrisholmez) July 20, 2017
Dunham's latest tweets and Instagram posts could be interpreted as a response to the backlash, though she hasn't released an official statement about her the new television gig.
OMG Internet teens are way harsh, Tai. And also potentially too young to understand "way harsh, Tai." 😰 pic.twitter.com/mVujZRhqnM— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 20, 2017
Dunham's addition to the American Horror Story cast isn't the first time an A-lister has been brought in mid-series; last season featured a guest performance from Lady Gaga.
Earlier this year, Murphy hinted that the upcoming seventh season will tackle a spooky storyline that is sure to hit home for American viewers — the 2016 U.S. election. The title of the upcoming season is expected to be revealed later today (July 20).