August 11, 2014 1:35pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Horror Story' Adds Patti LaBelle to 'Freak Show' Ranks
Patti LaBelle is bringing her "New Attitude" to FX's American Horror Story.
The Grammy Hall of Famer has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Season four of the series, subtitled Freak Show, will focus on the last American freak show and be set in Jupiter, Fla., in the 1950s, with Jessica Lange in the lead role. The Emmy winner will portray a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. Returning stars set for Freak Show include Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters, among others, as well as AHS newcomers Michael Chiklis, The Hunger Games' Wes Bentley, Fargo's John Carroll Lynch and The Normal Heart's Finn Wittrock. Chiklis is playing Bassett's husband and Bates' ex-husband.
As first reported by TV Line, LaBelle — who will not sing on the series — will play a local townie who begins to unravel the deadly secrets of Twisty the clown killer, the mother of Sidibe's character.
LaBelle becomes the second pop icon to appear on the series. Stevie Nicks guest-starred as herself in two episodes on Coven, the witchy third installment of American Horror Story.
LaBelle is repped by Resolution. AHS: Freak Show debuts in October; a specific date has not yet been announced.