In American Horror Story: Freak Show, Kathy Bates will play the bearded lady, Effil Darling. Both Bates and Jessica Lange, who will play German expat Elsa Mars, proprietor of one of America’s last freak shows, won Emmys at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards show on Sunday, August 25, for their roles in American Horror Story: Coven. Season Four of American Horror Story will premiere on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 on FX.
Wendell Del Toredo (Michael Chiklis) will be the circus strongman. He used to be married to Effil Darling, but is now the husband of Angela Bassett’s character, circus performer Desiree Dupree. In the poster, she appears as if she might have three breasts. Another regular cast member of past seasons of American Horror Story, Evan Peters, will be Jimmy Darling, the son of Wendell and Effil.
Series perennial actress, Sarah Paulson, will play Bette and Dot Tattler, who are conjoined twins. Other actors and actresses in the upcoming season will be Emma Roberts (Maggie), Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare (Elsa Mars’ rival and a collector of freaks), Finn Wittrock, Frances Conroy and Patti LaBelle, who will appear in a four episode arc. Twisty, the evil serial-killing clown who will be the main villain in Season Four, will be played by John Carroll Lynch from Fargo.
One guest start in American Horror Story: Freak Show will be Matt Bomer. He and Ryan Murphy, 48, who will be directing the season premiere, worked together in the multiple Emmy nominated The Normal Heart (HBO), which also starred actress Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory. It will mark the first time that Ryan has directed an episode of American Horror Story since the first one of Season One. There will be a three-legged woman in the cast and the world’s smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, has also been signed.
American Horror Story: Freak Show is set in the 1950s, a decade earlier than Asylum. It is set in 1952, in Jupiter, Florida. The freak show was a place where outcasts often ought refuge; however, they will find out that the one ran by Elsa Mars is a place, instead, where some of them will die. According to Ryan Murphy, American Horror Story: Freak Show “in many ways dovetails with Asylum.” He explained by adding that, during the 1960s, many circus freaks “in real life were put into asylums.”
The official hashtag of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which is #WirSindAlleFreaks, means “we are all freaks.” Ryan Murphy has called the special ability cast “amazing” and added that “it was their dream to be actors and they didn’t have any opportunities.” Murphy described directing them as being an “emotional” experience.
American Horror Story: Freak Show, with Kathy Bates as the bearded lady and Sarah Paulson as conjoined twins, will reportedly be the last season for Jessica Lange to appear in the series on FX. Lange has been the center of each season since the very first one. Season Four of American Horror Story, which will premiere on Wednesday, October 8, just might end up being the best season yet. Check out the videos below for a sneak peak at what is to come!
Written By Douglas Cobb
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