It’s not all witchy women who are taking center stage in “American Horror Story: Coven” as we’ve learned that Patti LuPone is one of the few cast members who won’t be casting spells during the upcoming season.
As executive producer Tim Minear told TV Guide (who also landed the first look at LuPone below), the Broadway star will portray Joan Ramsey, “someone who will go up against [Jessica Lange’s supreme witch] Fiona and her daughter, Cordelia [Sarah Paulson].”
Ramsey becomes a thorn in the women’s sides when she and her sexy son move next door to Fiona’s boarding school for young witches. “Patti’s character is a bit of a holy roller who has recently lost her husband under suspicious circumstances,” Minear added.
When asked which woman fans should be putting their money on when the battle begins, Lange, who has known LuPone for years, said, “Oooh. I’m in awe of Patti, but that’s tough to call.”
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The full “Coven” cast includes Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Danny Huston, Alexander Dreymon, Leslie Jordan, and Denis O’Hare.
“American Horror Story: Coven” Episode 3.01 – “Bitchcraft” (airs 10/9/13)
A young girl, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), is shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem. Zoe is whisked away to Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a mysterious school in New Orleans devoted to safeguarding the few remaining descendants who share this unique bloodline. Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the Coven’s deadly enemies, the Voodoo.
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