Anticipation is building for the upcoming fourth season of American Horror Story, to be subtitled Freak Show, and several members of the cast were at Comic-Con this weekend to reveal details about their characters and the hinting at storylines.
The American Horror Story: Freak Show panel included AHS vets Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and Angela Bassett, along with newcomer Michael Chiklis (The Shield) and exec producer Tim Minear, who said season four will be “the best season so far… it’s not like the first three seasons.”;
American Horror Story: Freak Show will focus on a circus sideshow, and will be set in Jupiter, Florida, during the 1950s.
As for casting, John Carroll Lynch (recently seen as an assassin on The Americans) will play a villainous “twisted clown,”; while Sarah Paulson will play conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler. Emma Roberts will play a character named Maggie, and Kathy Bates will play Ethel Darling, ex-wife of the freak show’s strongman (Michael Chiklis) who is now married to Desiree Dupre (Angela Bassett).
Evan Peters will play Jimmy, son of Kathy Bates’ character, while Jessica Lange (who will reportedly end her tenure on the show after this season) will play the freak show’s owner, Elsa Mars.
New cast members will include Finn Wittrock, Wes Bentley, Ann McKenzie and Grace Gummer, along with AHS returnees Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Ben Woolf and Naomi Grossman, who will play “pinhead”; character Pepper — the same character she played in American Horror Story: Asylum.
No mention was made of rumours that AHS fan Neil Patrick Harris would appear in the upcoming season after NPH wrote a letter to series co-creator Ryan Murphy begging for a role. “I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn’t even available to be in it,”; NPH said in an interview with EW Radio. “To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch. Can’t wait!”
Although Murphy didn’t confirm the rumour, he did fuel it with this tweet:
@ActuallyNPH of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you’d love.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 18, 2014
American Horror Story: Freak Show debuts in October.