Last week, we learned the setting for Season 4 of American Horror Story: a carnival. Then yesterday, March 24, Ryan Murphy tweeted the title: Freak Show. And now Entertainment Weekly has a whole smattering of new details — including where it'll take place, who's coming back, and who they'll play.
First thing's first. American Horror Story: Freak Show will be set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. (Ryan Murphy previously teased that the show will either film in New Mexico or return to New Orleans.)
Returning star Jessica Lange will play a German expatriate who runs one of the United States' sole surviving freak shows.
Her band of rescued performers (aka "unusuals") will be played by Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy — all of whom also starred in American Horror Story: Coven.
Even better, Coven's Emma Roberts and Denis O'Hare are negotiating returns to the franchise.
Jupiter is a town in Palm Beach County, about an hour-and-a-half due north of Miami.
Its population in 2010 clocked in around 55,000; but the 1950 census — i.e. the AHS timeframe — tallied just 300 residents.
The town itself doesn't seem to have much of a carnival history, but it's across the peninsula from two Floridian towns — Gibsonton and Sarasota — that became the winter home to sideshows and circuses, notably the Ringling Bros. Circus.
Sounds like the fourth season of FX's anthology hit will bring some chills to the Florida heat!
Source: Entertainment Weekly