Kathy Bates is closing in on a deal to star in Season 3 of FX's hit horror anthology series American Horror Story.

The actress will play the best friend of Jessica Lange's character, who becomes her enemy. Series creator Ryan Murphy confirmed last month that Jessica Lange is playing what he called a "glamour cat lady" in these latest episodes. That report also revealed that the new storyline will take place in a mixture of several cities and will be more historical in nature.

Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, and Season 1 star Taissa Farmiga are confirmed for Season 3, which debuts sometime this fall on FX.

Kathy Bates previously starred in NBC's Harry's Law, and had an arc on The Office as well.