The conclusion of the PaleyFest in the US focused on all things American Horror Story, looking back at the shows success, and also looking forward to the upcoming Season 4: Freakshow.
Show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk were on hand to give some updates on what we have to look forward to, and further names have now been confirmed to be joining the cast. While the majority of the names announced were returning cast members from Coven, there was also a big reveal of a new name joining American Horror Story for the first time.
Freakshow is due to air on FX in October this year, and Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Francis Conroy have all previously been confirmed to be returning.
Revealed at PaleyFest were more returning cast members from Coven. The confirmed returning cast now also includes Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jamie Brewer.
However, the big reveal was the new addition to the cast: American Horror Story fans please welcome The Shield’s Michael Chiklis to the Freakshow!
Chiklis will make his American Horror Story debut playing the Father of Evan Peters’ character, and ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character.
Further details were revealed on the characters the rest of the returning actors will be playing:
Jessica Lange stars as a German ex-pat who manages one of the last remaining freak shows in Jupiter, Florida in 1950.
Bates and Peters, along with returning actors Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy, will play circus performers who were “saved” by Lange.
Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer will also return to the series “in some capacity.”
It was also said that some actors from American Horror Story and American Horror Story: Asylum may also be returning.
Ryan Murphy had this to say about Freakshow, and casting Chiklis:
“Well, the next season is called American Horror Story: Freak Show. It’s not a circus and it’s not a carnival. It’s a freak show, which is very unique. It’s set in 1950. And it was something that’s been Jessica Lange’s favorite thing to talk about, every season. She wanted to play this sort of character, and she really likes that milieu, so that’s exciting. We’re shooting it in New Orleans, but it’s going to be set in Florida, where all great things happen. And every person [here tonight] is coming back, in some capacity. This year, we’re adding somebody who I have loved for many, many years, and courted for many years. We finally found the right role for him. We brought him in, and Brad and I pitched him, and he said, “Yes, I want to do it.” He’s playing Evan Peters’ father, and he will be Kathy Bates’ ex-husband. He is an amazing Emmy-winning actor, and that’s Mr. Michael Chiklis. And it’s a doubly sweet thing because this is Michael’s return to FX”
Chiklis warned: “It’s going to be creepy, and we’re going to scare you”
“When we met, Ryan pitched the idea and talked about what we were going to do. I said to him, “I’m terrified, and I’m going to do it. That’s just a bit of a tease because I would never divulge anything that he said. I’ll leave that all to him. But, I can say that my heart was pounding. It is a freak show. Oh, man! But as actors, that’s what we love to do. We love to take risks and take chances and do things that are challenging. I thought, “Oh, my god!” I’m going to be up to my eyes with this one. It should be exciting”
Naturally there will be tons more on this as it develops.