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FX releases new 'AHS: Freak Show' teasers, first cast art

It’s not even September yet, but FX is ramping up the excitement for the upcoming fourth season of the super-popular “American Horror Story.” This time around, the anthology series is following up “Coven” with a “Freak Show” theme and this week fans were treated to not one, but three spooky promos and a first look at some of the characters we’ll get to see.

FX uploaded the latest trailer, entitled “Spotlight,” to YouTube on Thursday and though it’s only 10 seconds long, it gives us another taste of the upcoming season’s aesthetic. We see a performer swinging on a hoop inside the big top, while the video’s description tells viewers to “swing by if you dare.”

“Spotlight” follows up yesterday’s “Caged,” which depicts someone (or, in classic horror style, something) confined to a small enclosure. Another spot, “Lick,” was uploaded on Sunday and features a split-tongued performer (creepily) indulging in a lollipop.

On Wednesday, the show revealed some cast art depicting many of the show’s veteran cast members in their new roles, plus a newcomer. Check it out here. Front and center is Jessica Lange as freak show manager Elsa Mars, bookended by Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling and Michael Chiklis as strongman Wendell Del Toredo. “Freak Show” marks Chiklis’ first turn on “AHS.”

The poster also shows Kathy Bates (as a bearded lady, no less) and Angela Bassett, both of whom first appeared last year in “Coven” and earned Emmy nominations for their roles, as well as Dennis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, and Sarah Paulson flying high above them all as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler.

The poster and promos all include the hashtag #WirSindAlleFreaks, a German phrase that translates to “we are all freaks.” Why German, you ask? Lange’s character happens to be a German expat.

Season four is said to include some of the camp we saw last season in “Coven,” but creator Ryan Murphy also told The Hollywood Reporter this week that “Freak Show” is darker and “feels very unique.” Murphy directed the first episode himself, a project he hasn’t taken on since the very first episode of season one in 2011. “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres Oct. 8 on FX.