The third season of the critically acclaimed television horror drama "American Horror Story" won't air until the fall, but the cast is still expanding. TVLine.com reported on Tuesday, Feb. 26 that Oscar winner Kathy Bates has signed on to play a leading role alongside Jessica Lange in the upcoming series.
Bates is known for her role in the horror thriller "Misery" which was based on the 1987 novel by Stephen King. Bates won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1990 for portraying the role of nurse Annie Wilkes. The actress most recently appeared on the NBC show "Harry's Law" for two seasons. Bates is expected to play a long time friend of Jessica Lange's character, but ultimately turns out to be her nemesis.
Other cast members returning for the third series include Taissa Farmiga, Lily Rabe, Francis Conroy, Evan Peters, and Sarah Paulson. The first season of the hit show, "American Horror Story: Murder House" followed the troubled Harmon family has they rebuilt their lives in a haunted Los Angeles home. The second season, "American Horror Story: Asylum", told the story of patients inside a 1960s sanitarium.
The third concept is being kept well under wraps, but the season will consist of thirteen episodes and filming is slated to begin this summer. "American Horror Story" airs on FX and was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Stay tuned for more information on casting and story lines.
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