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Casting roundup: Bates, Paulson & Peters back to haunt American Horror Story; plus news on Preacher and Unfortunate Events

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Mar 20, 2018, 5:50 PM EDT

The casting news is coming fast, from horror staples to Netflix hits. We’ve got some casting updates for the upcoming seasons of American Horror Story, Preacher and A Series of Unfortunate Events. So, let’s not waste any time and dive in, folks. 

First up, Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will all return to American Horror Story for Season 8, Entertainment Weekly is reporting.

This marks Oscar-winning Bates' return to the show after sitting last season out. After appearing in AHS’ sixth season, Roanoke, she did not appear in last season’s Cult due to her Netflix comedy series Disjointed. But now that Disjointed has been canceled, Bates is free to come back to the FX horror anthology. Paulson and Peters were both in Cult.

No word yet on who anyone be playing in the upcoming season, but AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy tells EW that “Kathy and Sarah Paulson have a lot of great stuff to get to do. So, with Evan Peters, the three of them are the leads this year.”

Murphy has teased that this upcoming season “takes place in the future,” which ties in to the rumor that the upcoming season could be entitled American Horror Story: Radioactive. And speaking of that rumor, Murphy said he could “neither confirm nor deny” that Season 8’s title may be Radioactive. “It’s an interesting idea,” he admitted. 

American Horror Story Season 8 begins shooting this summer.

(Via EW)  

Meanwhile over at AMC, Adam Croasdell (Reign) and Prema Cruz (Mozart in the Jungle) have joined the recurring cast of Preacher for the third season, Deadline is reporting. Croasdell will play Eccarius, a charming and stylish 350-year-old vampire, while Cruz will play Madame Boyd, a tough and smart forward-thinking woman intent upon bringing the family business into the modern age.

The TV series, which wrapped Season 2 in September, is based on the Vertigo comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, which ran from 1995-2000. The show follows Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a small-town preacher with a criminal past who accidentally ingests the word of god, making him able to command people to do his bidding. When angels come to retrieve said word, Jesse and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga), and a vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), go looking for God to seek his help.

Although there’s no release date for Season 3 of Preacher yet, apart from sometime this year, if it follows the first two seasons, it will likely begin airing late this summer.

(Via Deadline)  

Finally, Allison Williams (Get Out) has joined the ensemble cast of A Series of Unfortunate Events in an unknown role, Deadline is also reporting. Williams is currently filming the third – and sadly, final – season for the Netflix show in Vancouver. She’s also slated to appear in Season 2.

Williams played Rose, Chris' (Daniel Kaluuya) creepy girlfriend in Jordan Peele's Oscar-nomninated film Get Out, for which she shared in a Screen Actors Guild ensemble nomination for her performance. 

The Netflix series starring Neil Patrick Harris adapts the 13-book series of the same name written by Daniel Handler. The series follows the story of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who wind up in the villainous hands of the evil Count Olaf (Harris), who is after the family fortune.

A Series of Unfortunate Events returns to Netflix for its penultimate season on March 30.

(Via Deadline)