*FX sent us its first art from the upcoming “American Horror Story: Freak Show” on Thursday and yes, that is Angela Bassett with three breasts.
Kathy Bates is the bearded lady on her left and Sarah Paulson is behind them on the swing with two heads. Jessica Lange is front and center with the boa.
This fourth season centers around one of the few remaining freak shows at the time, as its members do anything to keep the business alive. Drama will come from the conflict between the freaks and the “evil forces” who don’t understand them.
Bassett plays Desiree Dupree, a performer in the freak show and the wife of its strongman performer Wendell Del Toredo (Michael Chiklis). Del Toredo is also the ex-husband of Bates’ character Effil Darling…which means the Bassett and Bates characters could be at odds for a second consecutive season.
Bates beat out Bassett and fellow co-star Francis Conroy at the Emmys on Monday. All three received Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nominations for their roles in last season’s “American Horror Story: Coven.” Backstage, Bates talked about competing against her co-stars.
“Coven” star Gabourey Sidibe also returns for “Freak Show.” This time, she’s playing a well-off, impeccably tailored Barbizon School grad who comes back to town to deal with a family matter. Patti Labelle was added last week to play her mother.
The season premiere is Oct. 8. In the meantime, here are all the teasers released so far: