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Angela Bassett Will Play Desiree Dupre, Michael Chiklis’ Wife, in ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

Angela Bassett Will Play Desiree Dupre, Michael Chiklis' Wife, in 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, key cast and crew of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” – the next installment of the FX hit franchise – didn’t share any juicy details on the upcoming season as you might expect. 

But they did reveal the names of the characters they’ll each play in “Freak Show,” as well as some of the relationships between those characters.

Specifically, and maybe of most interest to readers of this blog, Angela Bassett, who made her “American Horror Story” debut last season, (“Coven”) will play a character called Desiree Dupre in “Freak Show.” Dupre will be married to a man named Wendell del Tolito, who’ll be played by Michael Chiklis (his first time as a member of the franchise’s cast). And as was the case last season, in “Coven,” characters played by Bassett and Kathy Bates will continue to be at war with one another, because, in “Freak Show,” Bates character, Effil Darling, will be del Tolito’s ex-wife. So the new wife (Bassett) and the ex-wife (Bates) aren’t exactly going to be chummy with one another.

At least, that’s, in part, what was shared during the Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

The rest of the character names, and the actors playing them, follows:

– Jessica Lange is playing Elsa Mars
– Emma Roberts is playing Maggie
– Sarah Paulson is playing Bette and Dot Tattler
– Evan Peters is playing Jimmy Darling

Peters’ character is the son of Chiklis’ character, by the way. The son he had with his ex-wife, played by Bates. Bassett’s character will be his stepmother.

Shooting is underway in New Orleans.

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