‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Adds ‘Precious’ Star Gabourey Sidibe

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 18th, 2014 at 10:14 am,

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All signs point to American Horror Story season 3 being its best yet. This may be difficult after the aliens, Santa Claus spree killers, and other general madness of season 2′s storyline, but a glance at American Horror Story: Coven‘s growing cast list indicates that showrunner Ryan Murphy has ambitious plans indeed.

Say what you will about Murphy, but he does have a knack for recruiting top-flight talent. Having already pulled Kathy Bates (Midnight in Paris) in for the new season, American Horror Story: Coven has now signed Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, star of 2009′s Precious.

Sidibe was announced via Murphy’s Twitter account and she will join a confirmed cast that includes Bates and a returning Jessica Lange (The Vow).

Overwhelmingly known for her Oscar-nominated role in Precious, Sidibe has spent the past few years in smaller parts. She made appearances in Tower Heist and Seven Psychopaths, and has a recurring role in Showtime’s The Big C.

Little is known about American Horror Story: Coven‘s storyline other than it will (obviously) involve witches. Murphy has dropped plenty of nebulous hints during interviews and convention appearances, indicating that the central conflict will be between Bates and Lange’s characters. The new season will, appropriately enough, be decidedly woman-centric – going so far as to (perhaps) feature a female killer/creature in the same tradition of The Rubber Man and Bloody Face.

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The exact role Sidibe will play is unclear at this point. If the season does indeed revolve around a coven (or covens) of witches, it’s only logical that she will play one of their members. Given that Sidibe has yet to play any role that’s remotely sinister, one has to wonder whether American Horror Story‘s circle of witches will be (at least initially) more benign than the dark enchanters of folk legend.

Then again, this could be casting against type.  Given how inextricably Sidibe is linked to the meek, beaten-down image of Precious, it would be quite the surprise if Murphy is recruiting her as a full-on villain. After all, American Horror Story has a habit of twisting almost every character into a grotesque mirror. Will Coven show us a whole new side of Sidibe’s talents?

American Horror Story: Coven will air on FX in the fall of 2013

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  1. Just what the show needs. An annoying, overweight token character. She’s disgusting.

    • No, you’re disgusting for such an awful comment.

    • WTF dude? That was uncalled for. I haven’t seen precious but , just because I don’t know diddly squat about the actor doesn’t mean I’m going to bash them.

    • Uncalled for. That was mean. While she’s living large you”re still their behind a computer.

  2. I haven’t seen Season 1 or 2 of American Horror Story. I am glad to read that Gabourey will be involved Season 3. I am a fan of hers. This will motivate me to watch the show. Can’t wait! :)

  3. i can’t wait to see this.

  4. Love the show think she’s a fantastic actor.

  5. Actress*

    • Sure?! ^^

  6. It’s okay to call her an actor. Actor is an umbrella term for both male and female actors.

    Precious was a terrible movie.

    She is at an unhealthy weight and we should not praise her for that. I really hope she does get healthy.

  7. You know what, to all those commenting and stating rude facts about her weight, not everyone is perfect! I’m sure those of you calling her fat and overweight are more then likely overweight yourselves! Not like we’d know any different anyways, you people are disgusting! Extremely narrow minded and warped! Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, get over yourselves…

    • Finally someone with some decency

  8. I think she can add an extra dimension to this series. I can’t wait. Also for people who can’t get over her weight, get over it. A fat Jonah Hill is a lot funnier than the skinner 21 Jump Street Jonah Hill version. It’s their look. Who cares. To me it’s all based on can they add something to a series/show/movie and I think she can. Even though she’s big, in the words of Lebron, she’s rich and you’re still poor LOL

  9. Yeah, because money is all that matters…shut up.