Though she's stuck with comedy and drama in recent years, Kathy Bates knows a thing or two about horror. Among other roles, the actor is well known for her creepy (and Academy Award winning) portrayal of uber-fan Annie Wilkes in the feature adaptation of Stephen King's Misery. And it looks like she's set to return to the genre, this time on the small screen for a role in the anticipated third season of FX's American Horror Story.

With word of a handful of excellent returners set to claim new roles in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's horror-drama, it's almost easy to forget that there will probably be at least a few newcomers to the series, some of whom might be well known actors. And that applies to Kathy Bates, as EW reports that the Oscar winner "will be squaring off against" Jessica Lange (also an Oscar-winner, incidentally), following word from TVLine that she was in talks for a part. TVLine mentions that Lange and Bates' characters were one best friends but turn into enemies. The thought of these two fantastic actors playing characters who are at odds with one another is brimming with potential.

Lange is one of numerous returning cast members set for a role in the mysterious third season. Joining her are Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Frances Conroy, as well as Season 1's Taissa Farmiga.

Bates' recent TV appearances include a recurring role on The Office and the lead in Harry's Law. The third season of AHS is said to be shot on location in three separate cities in the country. There's also talk of a love story set up within the plot. And apparently now, a rivalry, which may or may not factor into the "horror" in story. Jessica Lange might want to steer clear of Bates if she happens to spot her with a sledgehammer.

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