“Two legends are joining the cast of American Horror Story: Coven — Oscar nominee Angela Bassett and Tony winner Patti LuPone!” creator Ryan Murphy tweeted Sunday.
There’s no word on who Bassett and LuPone will be playing on the series, which will center on a group of witches in its third season.
The actresses join previously-announced newcomers Gabourey Sidibe and Kathy Bates, as well as returning cast members Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and others.
First ghosts, then Nazis and aliens and now… witches?
The third season of American Horror Story will be subtitled Coven, executive producer Ryan Murphy announced at Friday’s PaleyFest panel for the FX series, which strongly seems to indicate — as many fans have speculated — that the third season will revolve around witches.
While Murphy declined to elaborate further on what the subtitle actually means, he noted that the show would actually shoot in New Orleans, as well as other locations. “The fun thing is researching what are the really haunted places in America, and we have a couple doozy locales,” he said and added that like previous seasons, the upcoming season would include several horrific topics.
Also joining the cast on the stage Friday night was special guest star Kathy Bates, who was announced as one of the stars in the upcoming season. “You know I love a good Oscar winner,” Murphy said of Bates joining the cast. He also said that he pitched her a “cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs character” who is reported to be the best friend-turned-enemy of Jessica Lange’s character. “I wanted to see a lot of scenes with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates going at it, so that’s what you’re going to see,” Murphy added.
Earlier this year, Murphy had teased that the third season would be more historical in nature and may deal in horror romance. He also noted that it would be lighter in nature than the previous two seasons, calling Lange’s new character a “glamour cat.”
“I don’t know what a glamour cat is, but I am excited,” Lange said Friday of her role in Season 3.
Also returning for Season 3 are Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and Frances Conroy, who were all part of Friday’s panel. Additionally, Season 1 star Taissa Farmiga has also joined the cast.
During the hour, Murphy also said that he has plenty of ideas for seasons to come and that he could see 10 years’ worth of stories — and maybe even a spin-off. “I have been talking to John [Landgraf] about doing a companion piece to American Horror Story,” Murphy said coyly.
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American Horror Story: Coven will premiere this fall.
American Horror Story is ratcheting up the Misery in Season 3.
Oscar winner Kathy Bates is nearing a deal to join FX’s hit spookfest as a nemesis to Jessica Lange, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Bates will play the best friend of Lange’s new character, who turns into her enemy.
Details on Horror Story‘s third season remain scarce, but series cocreator Ryan Murphy previously confirmed that Lange will play a “glamour cat leading lady,” in stark contrast to her gloomy Asylum wardrobe. Ryan also teased that the new season will be “more historical in nature” and take place in modern day. But just like past seasons, we will see different “time periods” and “there [will] also be different cities.”
Horror Story vets reuniting with Lange in Season 3 include Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Bates’ former Six Feet Under co-star Frances Conroy.
Bates is coming off a two-season run on NBC’s Harry’s Law.
Taissa Farmiga is officially coming back for the third season of American Horror Story.
Farmiga, 18, joins several of the FX horror show’s previously announced cast members including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and Jessica Lange, who won an Emmy for her Season 1 performance.
Unlike the other four, Farmiga was one of the few Season 1 regulars who did not return for American Horror Story: Asylum. At a screening of the Season 2 finale last month, co-creator Ryan Murphy told reporters to expect more Season 1 cast members to return.
Farmiga will also next be seen in the drama The Bling Ring.
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American Horror Story‘s third season will not be lacking in girl power.
Series cocreator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter late Thursday that AHS staple Lily Rabe “is on board for American Horror Story Season 3,” adding, “So talented. Love her!”
Rabe’s booking means that Murphy gets to hang on to what are arguably the franchise’s three strongest female assets, the other two being the already-confirmed Jessica Lange and Sarah Pauslon. Per tradition, all three will play brand new characters.
Murphy recently confirmed that Season 3 (which will also feature AHS vet Evan Peters) will be “more historical in nature” and have a “different tone” than Season 2. It will also take place in modern day, but just like past seasons, we will see different “time periods” and “there [will] also be different cities.”
Though intel on American Horror Story‘s second season didn’t start trickling out until March of last year, already, here in early January, series boss Ryan Murphy is letting slip with some ideas about what he has planned for Season 3.
Whereas the first two Horror stories revolved around a fractured marriage and a malevolent insane asylum, “I sorta feel like for the third version I want to do something that’s a little bit more ‘evil glamour,’” Murphy told EW.com.
Along those lines, Murphy hopes to spin a tale about star-crossed sweethearts a la Season 1′s Violet and Tate (played by Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters). “One of the things that I missed this season was I really loved having that Romeo & Juliet youth story,” he said. “I want something like that again, and we’re doing something like that in the third season.”
Murphy revealed nothing new about casting (Jessica Lange thus far is on board for a three-peat) nor did he spill on the setting for Season 3′s setting, only to say that versus once again basing the FX hit’s production out of L.A., “We’re contemplating shooting it in a place in the country where true horror has been. We’ve got lots of delicious plans.”
Wax your creepy doll heads, sharpen your eyeball scoopers, and charge up your probes, because the country’s favorite nightmare bedtime story is coming back for a third season. FX has renewed American Horror Story for 13 more hours’ worth of dismemberment and sex.
One of the innovative things American Horror Story is doing is changing its setting and characters with each season, while retaining many of the same actors in new roles. Emmy-winner Jessica Lange has committed to return for Season 3, but there’s no word on what role she’ll play or where the next “incarnation” of the series will take place.