American Horror Story casting news isn’t always about actors, sometimes it’s about the spells that are being worked on the public. At an American Horror Story: Coven panel on the last night of PaleyFest at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, FX announced that Michael Chiklis signed on to star in the next season of the witch show, American Horror Story: Freak Show.
American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy said the Emmy winning actors will play the father of Evan Peters’ character and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character. The new title for American Horror Story: Freak Show was announced on Twitter just this week.
In making the announcement Murphy said “Every person on this stage is coming back.” The actors on the stage included Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, who plays Madison Montgomery, Angela Bassett, who plays Marie Laveau, Sarah Paulson, who plays Cordelia Grove, Gabourey Sidibe who has the role of Queenie, Frances Conroy, who plays Myrtle Snow, Jamie Brewer who’s character is Nan, Denis O’Hare who plays Spalding and Evan Peters who plays Kyle Spencer. This will be the last season for Jessica Lange, who will play a German ex-patriot.
Michael Chiklis told the crowd, “What a way to come back to my home network. We’re going to freak you and scare you!”
American Horror Story’s fourth season will take place in Jupiter, Florida, in the 1950s where one of the last freak shows is getting freaky in the United States.
Murphy told PaleyFest that Freak Show is “not a circus, it’s not a carnival, it’s a freak show set in 1950, and it was a concept that Jessica Lange talked about as she wanted to play this type of character.” He added “We’re shooting in New Orleans, but the series will be set in Florida.”
Co-creator Brad Falchuk explained “This was a season about female empowerment. Each season is about something behind the genre, and this season was about women, and about mothers and daughters. You can’t have a more female horror genre than witches. If you want to tell a female story, there’s no other choice.”