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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Adds Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone to Cast

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FX’s horror themed anthology series, American Horror Story, is getting a big boost to its cast in the form of Hollywood heavy-hitters Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone for its third installment Coven.

Co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy announced the news on Twitter this morning.

American Horror Story: Coven will feature witches prominently as its theme for the third season. Murphy stated during PaleyFest in March that they would seek haunted locations again for the new season. The series will film primarily in New Orleans.

As with previous seasons, little information on their characters has been revealed.

Bassett, a one-time Oscar Nominee with film credits spanning almost three decades, is no stranger to television. In 2008, the actress starred as Dr. Catherine Banfield during the final season of NBC’s medical drama ER. Most recently, she co-starred with singer-actress Mary J. Blige in Lifetime’s television film, Betty and Coretta. The actress also starred alongside Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman in the recent box-office action-thriller, Olympus Has Fallen.

LuPone, a multiple Tony award winning singer-actress, has appeared in numerous shows over the year, including 30 Rock, Army Wives and Oz. She earned an Emmy nomination in 1998 for Outstanding Guest Actress for her role on NBC’s Frasier.

They join the recently cast Gabourey Sidibe (The Big C, Precious) and Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law, Misery). Returning for the third season is Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy and Lily Rabe.

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