Patti LaBelle Joining “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” No, Seriously!


We just checked the calendar and it’s not April 1, but we’re finding it hard to believe this item isn’t some kind of hoax: Patti LaBelle is joining the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show, playing “a townsperson who begins to unravel the murderous secrets of Twisty, the clown killer” and the mother of  Gabourey Sidibe’s character.

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LaBelle is just the latest newcomer to the fan-favorite series, joining fellow AHS virgins Michael Chiklis and Wes Bentley.

Freak Show will be set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950, with Jessica Lange playing the German owner one of the last circus sideshows in America. Indiewire reports that returning cast member Angela Bassett, will play freak show member Desiree Dupre, wife of Wendell del Tolito, (Chiklis) and archnemesis of his ex-wife, Effil Darling (Kathy Bates). Evan Peters will play Jimmy Darling, Wendell and Effil’s son.

Shooting is currently underway in New Orleans, with the season premiere set for October.

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h/t: TVLine 

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