It seems like every season on American Horror Story has its one character that rules the roost. While Jessica Lange has conquered that role year in and year out, season four American Horror Story: Freak Show will see a very familiar cast member step up to the plate to take a leader position that’s just as important to the new season as Lange’s.
According to International Business Times, American Horror Story: Coven’s very own Spaling (Denis O’Hare) will play a significant part in American Horror Story: Freak Show.
For those who aren’t familiar, the fourth season will be titled “Freak Show” and will be set in the 1950s. Jessica Lange’s character is a German ex-pat and manages the last of the dying breed of freak shows in the United States. Actors who are returning to the Freak Show series are Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, and Jamie Brewer. These actors are said to be involved in the act even though no one’s role has been specified apart from Lange.
Unlike the other actors Denis O’Hare is not playing one of the freaks in Jessica Lange’s show. Instead, the actor revealed to Vulture that he will be a “collector of freaks.” In addition, he will be sharing a lot of scene work with Jessica Lange’s character.
“We’ll have lots of scenes with each other, but we’ll be battling.”
So far Denis O’Hare confirmed that his character will be seen in ten episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show. As for the new additions to the cast, one huge one is Michael Chiklis, who will play the ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character and the father to veteran American Horror Story actor Evan Peters’ character.
Of Jessica Lange’s character, actress Angela Bassett told E!, “She has rescued all these different individuals. It’s the end of that era, of the freak show, and we’ll do anything to keep our business going.”
It’s already been confirmed that this will be Jessica Lange’s final season as she’s gearing up to retire from the business. Even though the show’s unofficial matriarch is leaving that doesn’t mean American Horror Story is going to end, or at least not if Ryan Murphy is concerned.
Recently the co-creator admitted that there’s no slowing down the FX series, and if he had it his way the series would go on for ten years or more.
“I want [American] Horror Story to go ten years or more! And I think it can.”
American Horror Story: Freak Show is set to air October 2014.
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