James Cromwell Joins ‘American Horror Story’ Season 2

The veteran actor is in final negotiations to star opposite Jessica Lange in the new season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Jessica Lange may have just met her match.

According to Deadline, James Cromwell is in talks to fill the last major role of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hotly anticipated second season of "American Horror Story." The new season will completely start over with brand new characters and it is set at an East Coast institution for the criminally insane.

Cromwell will reportedly play Dr. Arden, one of the institution's primary doctors who butts heads with his boss, whom Lange will portray.

In his decades long career, Cromwell has considerable experience on TV, including guest roles on "The Rockford Files," "M*A*S*H," "Barney Miller," "Hill Street Blues," "The Twilight Zone," "Amazing Stories," "ER" and "Six Feet Under." Cromwell is also well known for his feature films, which include L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile, The Surrogates (pictured above), Star Trek: First Contact and Babe; which earned Cromwell an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

Other newcomers to "American Horror Story" season 2 include "The Voice" judge, Adam Levine; Chloe Sevigny and French actress Lizzie Brocheré. Several stars from the first season of "American Horror Story" are also set to return in brand new roles, including Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe. Murphy has also hinted that other actors from the first season may make surprise appearances during the new season.

"American Horror Story" is expected to return to FX this fall.