Misery loves company, and horror-genre buffs love them some Kathy Bates. So having the actress join the upcoming season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story makes us, well, her No. 1 fan.
The 64-year-old is reportedly close to signing a deal that would have her play Jessica Lange’s friend-turned-enemy on the upcoming third instalment, according to both TV Line and The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is inked, Bates joins returning stars Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy and Lily Rabe in the new reboot, which is still top secret.
Murphy did reveal at the Season 2 finale screening that he wants the next chapter to be “more historical in nature” and something a little “lighter” and more “fun” than the original murder house instalment and it’s Asylum follow-up. He didn’t say if his change of heart had anything to do with the fact that he and his partner, David Miller, adopted a baby boy last December.
“You’re going to see a very different tone in season three, but that’s the joy of the show. I think as a person right now I do feel lighter and wanting to embrace something a little bit more fun,” he said.
Bates is fresh off her run on NBC’s Harry’s Law and recently underwent a double mastectomy. One of her most memorable (and Oscar-winning) roles, that of Annie Wilkes, was in the film version of Stephen King’s horror, Misery, alongside James Caan.