Claudia Walrad Staff Writer
We’re only beginning the month of August, still in the middle of summer, and way too early to think about Halloween. However, a visit to the New Orleans set of the FX hit American Horror Story might have you thinking otherwise.
Recent photos leaked of cast members, such as Denis O’Hare and Lily Rabe, reveal a glimpse of what viewers will be treated to this coming season, and it might have you thinking you were watching Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Photos reveal actresses Taissa Farmiga, Jamie Brewer, and Emma Roberts traversing the streets of The Big Easy, clad in ankle length black dresses, hats, and heavy boots….which (excuse the pun) only brings one thing to mind….
Appropriately titled American Horror Story: Coven, this season will focus on - you guessed it - a witch theme! Series co-creator Ryan Murphy has yet to reveal the spooky details, but cast members, such as Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson, dropped hints at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour at what direction the season will be heading.
This apparently will include voodoo as well as witchcraft. However, not all of our favorite AHS cast will be actual witches, according to Executive Producer Tim Minear. He also revealed that the over-arching themes of feminism, oppression, and mother-daughter relationships will be explored. Minear also made mention of a definite comedic twist that will infuse the dark material, hopefully drawing in a larger audience and adding some comic relief. Joining in on the witchy fun will be newcomers Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.
These new season details, hinted at by Minear, seem to make sense from what we’ve learned about American Horror Story: Coven thus far. Paulson is slated to play the role of Cordelia, daughter to Lange’s witchy character Fiona, tying in with mother-daughter themes to be explored. Bassett will play real-life New Orleans’ 1800s Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, and Bates, no stranger to horror from her signature role in Misery, will take on the role of a socialite serial killer. The mere mention of the prospective season opener title “Bitchcraft,” scheduled to debut in October, accurately depicts the naughty humor that the series seems to be shooting for with Coven.
American Horror Story: Coven is sure to draw in many fans for some bewitching fun as the season of Halloween approaches this fall. Till then, however, it appears that the cast must brave the heat of New Orleans in those oh-so-heavy-looking costumes. Life can be a witch sometimes, can’t it?