FX has released a series of chilling trailers and one-sheets to promote the new season of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Coven which features the ferocious trio of Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange. The series is currently filming in New Orleans. The new season premieres October 9 on FX.
Some background from The Hollywood Reporter:
"Coven stars Jessica Lange as a witch named Fiona; Kathy Bates plays historical personage Madame LaLaurie, a Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer who kept slaves bound in her home; and Angela Bassett portrays voodoo expert/cult leader Marie Laveau. Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. More than 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials, and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction."
Above is the brand new poster of Bassett as the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. If you aren't familiar with her story ...
According to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, Laveau was born a free person of color and between the 1820s and 1860s became known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Laveau could reportedly grant wishes and heal people. Her youngest daughter, Marie Laveau II, is said to have succeeded her and led more elaborate prayers. When Laveau died on June 15, 1881, newspaper obituaries told varied stories about her life, with some saying she was a saint and others calling her a witch.
The museum reports that according folklore and traditions, she was a hairdresser, domestic informant, madame and blackmailer. She could "fix court cases and cheat the executioner," and used her powerful voodoo to cuase the deaths of at least one governor and one lieutenant governor.
Two new trailers have been released promoting Bassett's character, which is "only loosely based on the real Laveau," says the Academy Award-nominated actress. Also this week: An eerie main title sequence was released. You have to watch the titles very closely because "every frame is a clue for what the season will be," promises Ryan Murphy. Watch them all AFTER THE JUMP ...