Lea Michele and Joe Manganiello join Ryan Murphy’s new horror-comedy Scream Queens

The actress reunites with her Glee showrunner for television's newest anthology show about a college hit with murders

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Ryan Murphy has big plans for himself and leading lady Lea Michele once Glee bids farewell later this year. The US musical series’ showrunner has added the songstress to an already star-studded cast for his upcoming horror-comedy Scream Queens, although don’t expect anything as upbeat as Glee. Instead, the pair’s new show focuses on a college campus hit by a slew of grisly murders and will primarily be set in a sorority house.

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Joining Michele on screen is Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Joe Manganiello (True Blood) and Keke Palmer (Masters of Sex). Popstar Ariana Grande, who previously acted in the Nickelodeon show Victorious, will also have a recurring role, joining previously announced stars Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis as the series’ main leads.

Following the popular trend set by True Detectives and American Horror Story, Scream Queens will have an anthology format with the first series comprising 15 episodes. While the settings and storylines of each series will change, Murphy said he consistently plans to have every edition follow two female leads.

Scream Queens will start filming in spring and premiere in the US next autumn. As for UK viewers, there’s no word yet on when it will hit our shores, but watch this space – we’ll keep you updated.  

**Updated January 27**

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American actor and teen sensation Nick Jonas will join the cast in a recurring role, Vulture reports. Jonas made a name for himself in the States as one-third of the boy band The Jonas Brothers before moving on to Broadway. He currently stars as an MMA fighter in the US drama Kingdom, which will begin its second series in October.