Angela Bassett 2013 National Board Review

Angela Bassett Joins Gabourey Sidibe on American Horror Story’s “Coven”

Angela Bassett at the 2013 National Board of Review Awards in New York City

Angela Bassett at the 2013 National Board of Review Awards in New York City

Gabourey Sidibe‘s White Bird in a Blizzard co-star Angela Bassett will be joining her on the cast of American Horror Story‘s third season this fall.

The FX horror anthology’s co-creator Ryan Murphy broke the news via Twitter:

“Two legends are joining the cast of American Horror Story: Coven — Oscar nominee Angela Bassett and Tony winner Patti LuPone!”

American Horror Story: Coven already includes fellow newcomer Kathy Bates, as well as returning stars Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Lily Rabe.

No word yet on what each new cast member’s role will be but it’s exciting to see Angela return to television since she hasn’t been a tv regular since ER‘s last season.

As for her big screen news this year, in addition to Gregg Araki‘s French thriller White Bird in a Blizzard, Angela will appear in Kasi Lemmons‘ Christmas musical Black Nativity alongside Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson.

[spotted via shadowandact]