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
This first Coven teaser trailer (click here to watch), titled Detention, borrows from a disconcerting photo that cropped up on the internet and pans across women inexplicably pressed against and hanging on the walls of a white room. Lauren O’Connell’s haunting cover of The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun,” provides the opening line, “There is a house in New Orleans.” Then, the familiar “AHS” theme music kicks in. Posted on the ‘AHS’ Facebook page with tongue-in-cheek caption, “This October … lift your spirits.”
Pins and Needles teaser.
This second Coven teaser trailer (click here to watch), titled Pins & Needles, begins with large T-pins appearing out of darkness. Then, while the pins remain, the figure of a sparsely-clothed woman begins to appear, revealing that the pins go through her, playing on the season’s voodoo theme. The illusion of her hands bound behind her back shatters as she lurches menacingly forward on all fours. The clever caption on the “AHS” Facebook page reads, “Because ‘pinning’ on the internet is all the rage …”
Pins & Needles features another eerie tune by women, “Winter Song,” from Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, emphasizing the fact that Coven will be centered around women, with a chiefly female cast.
This third Coven teaser trailer (click here to watch), titled Staircase, features the first line of Lauren O’Connell’s “The House of the Rising Sun” (as did the first teaser). Inspiration for the visuals may have derived from photographer Tyler Shields (who hails from Jacksonville). Shields’ recent show Suspense featured similarly suspended human subjects, including Emma Roberts and Evan Peters, both cast members of Coven. Posted on the “AHS” Facebook page with tongue-in-cheek caption, “Misbehave and incur our kind of suspension.”
This fourth Coven teaser trailer (click here to watch), titled Stakes, shows three witches seemingly burning at the stake, the positioning and number (three) eerily suggesting a demented Calvary. Except, as the camera pans to the side and zooms in, it becomes clear they aren’t attached to the stakes, and all three heads simultaneously turn towards the screen menacingly. The “AHS” Facebook page accompanied the teaser with caption, “This October, stakes aren’t the only things we’re raising.” As in the second trailer, Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s “Winter Song” plays.
Coven main poster.
Ready to get bewitched? 42 days to Coven. The next installment from FX’s award-winning ‘American Horror Story’ ensures a spellbinding good time. The first episode Bitchcraft premieres October 9.