“It’s darker than Coven; it feels very unique […] It feels like a Douglas Sirk movie; it’s very 1952 presentational and then the horror is an unexpected jab. As opposed to last year, which was crazy camera work and comedy. This year feels different. The special-ability cast that we have is amazing and I feel so thrilled because for so many of them, it was their dream to be actors and they didn’t have any opportunities. There’s a great community. They feel part of something perhaps for the first time in their life and that’s an amazing thing that I was really emotional about when I was directing them.” – “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy has said of the upcoming new season, subtitled “Freak Show.”
Angela Bassett’s character has 3 breasts, Kathy Bates’ has a beard, and Sarah Paulson’s has 2 heads, we also learned.
A month ago, it was announced that Patti LaBelle had joined the cast of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” in a recurring role, playing the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character – a character we’ve now learned will be quite opposite to the character she played last season; Next season, in “Freak Show,” Sidibe will play a well-off, impeccably-dressed art school graduate who comes back to town to deal with a family matter.
LaBelle, as her mother, will be a local townsperson who begins to unravel the murderous secrets of “Twisty the clown killer.”
LaBelle joins the returning Sidibe, as well as Angela Bassett, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and Kathy Bates, who are all joined by newcomers to the group, Michael Chiklis and Wes Bentley.
Set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950, “Freak Show” finds Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the USA. Her group of freak show performers include Bassett along with Bates, Paulson, Peters, and Conroy – all acts whom Lange’s character has rescued, and who will do anything to make sure that their business sticks around.
And maybe of most interest to readers of this blog, Angela Bassett, who made her “American Horror Story” debut last season (in “Coven”) will play a character named Desiree Dupre in “Freak Show.” Dupre will be married to a man called 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.
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.
The hit show received a total of 17 Primetime Emmy nominations this year, and won 2 (Lange and Bates).
Season 4 debuts Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.
FX has released a second trailer for the upcoming new season, which, unlike the first tease, features some actual scenes from the series (click to the next page after the clip below, for the new “Aaliyah” trailer):
Lifetime’s Original Movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” starring Alexandra Shipp as the beloved actress and music sensation, is set to premiere Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT.
The 2-hour movie, executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, is based on the bestseller “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley.
The film follows the performer’s journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of ten, to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the “Princess of R&B.”
On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer, and some of her video crew, crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway.
Actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp stars in the film as Aaliyah. Shipp previously appeared in the Nickelodeon series “House of Anubis.” Her additional credits include the upcoming film “Drumline 2: A New Beat,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Ray Donovan,” and “
Shipp is currently filming Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton.”
“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” also stars Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents, Diane and Mike Haughton; A.J. Saudin as Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton; and Lyriq Bent as her uncle and music manager Barry Hankerson.
The film also stars Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight, and Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliot.
Bradley Walsh directs from a script written by Michael Elliot.
Lifetime has released a second teaser trailer for the upcoming telepic, which, unlike the first one, includes actual footage from the film, although emphasis is still on the word “tease:”