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OTRC: Zachary Quinto will return to 'American Horror Story' season 2

Zachary Quinto appears in a still from a 2011 episode of 'American Horror Story.' (FX)

Zachary Quinto will join the second season of the hugely popular FX series, "American Horror Story," the actor's rep confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday.

It was revealed on March 1 that Jessica Lange would return to the horror series as an entirely new lead character and it has now been reported that Quinto will also take on a new role.

"American Horror Story" was created by "Glee" executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The first season and followed Ben (Dylan McDermott) Vivien (Connie Britton) and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) who move from Boston to Los Angeles into a haunted house filled with secrets and ghostly creatures. Lange starred as their neighbor and previous occupant.

Quinto guest starred on the series as Chad, the former gay owner of the haunted house.

Deadline reports that Quinto will be one of the two male leads on the new season and will portray Lange's nemesis. The entertainment outlet claimed that his character will parallel his breakout role as the villain Sylar on "Heroes."

"I had an amazing time and I only did four episodes of the season, so it was just a little bit of an appetizer for me; I would love to work more," Quinto told E! News in January. "We'll see what happens! Next season could get turned on its head completely, but I would love to continue work on that. It was a great experience."

It was announced on October 31 that "American Horror Story" had been renewed for a second season.

Murphy revealed on March 1 that the second season would concentrate on Lange's new character, which will be different from her Emmy-winning portrayal of the delightfully wicked Constance Langdon.

"This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I'm very excited about it," Murphy told E! News. "We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She and I have spoken about different things. She has a lot of ideas, and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress. She's a great collaborator and a great friend."

Murphy previously revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the second season would take place in a new setting, in a "horror institution" on the East Coast and four of the cast members will return. The remaining members are slated to be revealed at the annual PaleyFest event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on the evening of Friday, March 2.

Quinto is not expected to attend the PaleyFest event, as he is currently filming the sequel to "Star Trek," where he portrays Spock. The untitled sequel to the 2009 film is slated for release on May 17, 2013.

Quinto, recently came out as gay, said that it was his role in the Broadway revival of "Angels in America" as Louis Ironson that made him realize how important it was to contribute to the gay community. The play is about people and their loved ones dealing with AIDS in the mid-1980s and the actor called it the "most challenging? and the most rewarding" thing he's ever done.

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