The third installment of American Horror Story has added one more member to its coven, Will & Grace actor Leslie Jordan.
Jordan made the announcement on his Facebook page, and said he has always loved series creator Ryan Murphy’s work and that he was honored to be joining. He went on to praise series veteran Jessica Lange and newcomer Angela Bassett.
Details of Jordan’s character are being kept quiet, as is the standard operating procedure for Murphy and crew.
FX released a description of the upcoming season Tuesday.
“Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.”
Executive producer Tim Minear said that Coven will be more comedic than previous seasons, but that it would still tackle serious themes.
“Some of the bigger themes this year are oppression of minorities of all kinds, and within that idea, minority groups going after each other and doing the work of the larger culture,” he said. “While there is a strong feminist theme that runs throughout Coven, there are themes of race and themes of oppression, and themes of family — especially mothers and daughters.”
American Horror Story: Coven stars Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, and Taissa Farmiga in the main cast. Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Denis O’Hare will appear in recurring roles.
American Horror Story: Coven premieres October 9.