Jessica Lange stars as Elsa Mars, a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. Emma Roberts is set as Maggie; Sarah Paulson is Bette and Dot Tattler; Kathy Bates is the bearded lady, Effil Darling; Michael Chiklis is strong man Wendell Del Toredo; Angela Bassett is the three-breasted Desiree Dupree; and Evan Peters is Jimmy Darling.
Frances Conroy and Gabourey Sidibe will also return to the cast, which includes newcomers Wes Bentley, Fargo’s John Carroll Lynch as the central villain and The Normal Heart’s Finn Wittrock as well as the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge. Patti LaBelle will appear in a four-episode arc, with Matt Bomer set for a guest stint. Murphy will direct the pilot, marking the first time he’s helmed an episode since the series debut.
Check out the trailer, below, and hit the comments with your thoughts. AHS: Freak Show debuts Oct. 8 on FX.