According to an Elle article published yesterday, Emma Roberts moves to New Orleans next week to begin shooting for Coven, the third (upcoming) season of “American Horror Story.” The actresses creator Ryan Murphy chose for Coven include numerous award winners. Collectively, the cast holds, among other awards and nominations, three Oscars, six Golden Globes, two Emmys, six SAG Awards, and two Tonys. See the attached slideshow for details on their accolades. Murphy himself won two AFI Awards and an Emmy for his very different show “Glee.”
So far, the only male cast announcement has been “AHS” veteran Evan Peters, who happens to be Roberts’ real life honey. On June 26, Peters tweeted an Instagram photo of the two at Cars Land and called her “the love of his life.” Maybe that off-screen romance will heat up on the “AHS” set? Filming in New Orleans in the summer will undoubtedly get steamy.
Also, a companion show similar to “Talking Dead” may be on the horizon for “Coven,” according to a Hollywood Reporter article. The live talk show “Talking Dead” airs immediately following each new episode of “The Walking Dead” and features cast, crew and guests discussing the episode.
Jessica Lange played Constance in Murder House, a southern woman transplanted to California as an aspiring actress whose career never took off after she was burdened with four children, all of whom disappointed her. Lange played staunch and tyrannical Sister Jude in Asylum, a former torch singer who took vows after she (incorrectly) believed she killed a young girl in a drunken hit-and-run. For Coven, Murphy (in a Hollywood Reporter article) said season three will revolve around Lange’s iconic character, whom he describes as a “glamour-cat.” According to a Zap2It article, she will wear the best designer gowns ever. Also revealed (in a TV Line article) that she will start out close to Kathy Bates’ character but later become her mortal enemy.
Sarah Paulson played a minor role as a psychic friend to Constance in Murder House. Paulson took the lead as Lana Winters, the only survivor at the end of Asylum, a journalist and lesbian who triumphs out of tragedy, after having been kidnapped and brutalized by serial killer Bloodyface (Zachary Quinto). Fans across the country stood up and cheered when she escaped him and the Asylum in a taxi, flipping him the bird while showing him she had the evidence to convict him and exonerate Kit. Not much known about her Coven character except that she will be different from Lana, according to a HuffPost article.
Evan Peters, virtually unknown prior to Murder House (despite extensive acting credits in both film and TV – click here for details), transformed Tate from a confused, romantic Romeo counterpart to Taissa Farmiga’s Juliet-esque character into the violent/murderous Rubber Man. Peters’ role in Asylum flipped the transformation, with Kit accused as serial murderer Bloodyface, later vindicated and turned hero by season’s end. No clues as to his Coven character except that Murphy has said he intends to bring back the romance of Murder House for season three, according to the Zap2It article, and since Peters is the only man cast so far, he may well be involved.
Frances Conroy played the role of the elder Moira in Murder House, compassionate, an ally to Vivien (Connie Britton) and a moral compass to Ben (Dylan McDermott). As Shachath, the Angel of Death, in Asylum, Conroy’s role was small but pivotal, with her appearance a signal of another character’s demise. Again compassionate, she provided comfort to those meeting untimely deaths. Her black, flapping wings one of the most stunning effects ever brought to the small screen.
Lily Rabe, daughter of Academy Award nominated actress Jill Clayburgh, played the small but pivotal role of Nora Montgomery in Murder House, who influenced her husband Charles to perform abortions and, as a ghost, Tate to bring a baby into the house. In Asylum, her acting talent shone as she took a much more predominant role as innocent Sister Mary Eunice. Possessed by Satan in the second episode, turned brutally murderous, seducing the chaste Monsignor (Joseph Fiennes), with traces of the sweet girl inside coming through to fight the demon within, culminating in her tragic death in one of the most elegantly filmed sequences of the season. Also unforgettable, her immolation, accompanied by the distraught Dr. Arden’s (James Cromwell) suicide. An M Starz article said her Coven character will be nothing like Nora or Mary Eunice and that she will definitely be working with Bates.
Taissa Farmiga played Violet, the teen dragged from her home in Boston to California following her parents’ marital problems, where she chooses Murder House as their new home, of course unaware of its gruesome history. Suicidal, yet still a strong-willed young woman, her romance with Tate brings her out of her funk, which doesn’t last long as she discovers, little by little, the truth about her lover. She did not appear in Asylum. Interesting to note that her big sis Vera seems to be following in little sis’ horror realm footsteps, starring in both the “Bates Motel” TV show and the film “The Conjuring,” releasing next week.
Kathy Bates. In the Zap2It article, Murphy said, “We do have a great icon [like Bloody Face this season], and it’s a woman.” He’s also said this character is based on a real person. Murphy commented to TV Line that Bates, best-known for her portrayal of psychopath Annie Wilkes in “Misery,” has “never [played] someone this bad.” Sure sounds likely that Bates will be playing that “great icon.”
Angela Bassett. Nothing yet known about her Coven role.
Patti LuPone. According to a Broadway.com article, LuPone’s part will be a “guest stint,” not as a witch but as the “personification of the religious right.”
Gabourey Sidibe. Nothing yet known about her Coven role.
Emma Roberts. TV Line says Roberts will play “a self-involved party girl by the name of Madison.”