kathy-bates-harrys-law-nbc.jpg“American Horror Story” has had no shortage of casting coups in its brief history but landing Oscar winner Kathy Bates to square off with fellow Oscar winner Jessica Lange may be the biggest get yet.

TVLine reports that Bates will play Lange’s friend turned enemy in the third season — or installment — of the ongoing miniseries. Details of the new season remain vague, but Lange is expected to play a far more glamorous role than “Asylum’s” Sister Jude and the storyline will involve young love, multiple cities and multiple timelines.

Previous “Horror Story” cast members Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Frances Conroy are also confirmed to return.

Bates and Lange have shared the screen twice before: in 1990’s “Men Don’t Leave,” before Bates won her Oscar for “Misery,” and again in 2006’s little seen indie “Bonneville” (which also starred Joan Allen — another great actress for “Horror Story” to consider in the future).

In addition to her Oscar win, Bates has had recurring roles on NBC’s “The Office” and HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” She’s been nominated for 11 Emmys — including two for her star vehicle “Harry’s Law” — and won one for a guest role as Charlie’s ghost on “Two and a Half Men.”

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