Just out from Hollywood Reporter, Coven, the third season of "American Horror Story," adds actor Leslie Jordan. Recently announced addition Christine Ebersole also joins other newcomers Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe and returning cast Jamie Brewer, Alex Breckenridge, Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Denis O'Hare, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe.
Enter New Orleans, city of cobblestone streets, bougainvilleas tumbling off balconies, columned and wrought iron latticed antebellum homes, crumbling cemeteries, spirits, voodoo, witchcraft, and, in more recent history, terrible atrocities unleashed as the levee broke. Enter the city Anne Rice chose to people with her vampires and witches. The setting for film adaptations of her works - "Queen of the Damned" and "Interview with the Vampire" - as well as other charismatic horror films - "Angel Heart," "Cat People," "The Savage Bees," "Dracula 2000."
After The Harmons battled the very haunted Murder House in season one of "American Horror Story" and Lana Winters battled horrific human monsters in season two's Asylum, the show's third season Coven will transport viewers to The Big Easy. Set primarily in current times with Lange as the ultimate witch of her age, flashbacks will allow Bassett to play 1800's voodoo queen Marie Laveau and Bates to appear as socialite-turned-serial-killer Delphine LaLaurie.
The Hollywood Reporter article provides more detail on plot than previously dished:
Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. More than 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 (Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (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.
Click here for previously announced details on plot, themes and roles. With the Coven premiere over a month away, on October 9, four mesmerizing teaser trailers (less then 30 seconds each) have already bewitched fans. See attached list for details.
To the fires of hell your soul shall fly
I send it screaming across the sky
Where it shall endure eternal pain
And slowly you shall go insane
You will live as fate condems
But you will never find true friends
And with this curs your soul i bind
In deepest hell for all of time
- Destruction of the Soul