American Horror Story: Coven will begin brewing on Wednesday, Oct. 9, it has been officially announced by FX.
Exec producer Tim Minear revealed earlier this month that Coven will have “a feminist theme” as well as cover “race and oppression and family … along with laughs and scares and a few tears.”
On the aforementioned family front, Jessica Lange will play a literally witchy mom to Sarah Paulson. It’s also been revealed that Angela Bassett is playing Marie Laveau, a character loosely based on “a woman in the 1800s who was very influential in the city,” while Kathy Bates will channel infamous 1830s New Orleans socialite/serial killer Madame LaLaurie.
UPDATE: The official synopsis follows:
American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. 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.
Also on board for Coven are returning Horror Story players Denis O’Hare, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge and Evan Peters, as well as new blood Emma Roberts, Patti LuPone and Gabourey Sidibe.
Four haunting teasers for the new Horror Story chapter — including the new one, “Stakes” — are posted below: