Oscar nominee Angela Bassett has joined the cast of FX’s horror anthology,  American Horror Story: Coven.  This season’s story is set in New Orleans and focuses on a conven of witches.  Basset will be playing a voodoo priestess based on Marie Laveau, famously known in New Orleans for her voodoo practice.

The plot of this season takes place in New Orleans 300 years after the Salem witch trials.  Zoe, played by returning American Horror Story star Taissa Farmiga, is horrified to discover she possesses a genetic connection tracing back to the Salem era. Zoe is taken to join an Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. The school’s purpose is to provide a safe place for the remaining descendants that contain this unique bloodline. The ladies are protected and mentored since the few that remain are almost extinct and in danger.

The season is expected to pit the witchcraft of the Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies against Basset’s character’s voodoo practice.

The “American Horror Story: Coven” season premiere is set for Oct. 9th at 10pm on FX.

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