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Lance Reddick Cast To Play Papa Legba In 'American Horror Story: Coven'

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 4, 2013 5:17 PM
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Lance Reddick has joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Coven to play Papa Legba, mighty Loa (God) from the New Orleans and Haitian Vodou traditions. 

He acts as an intermediary between gods and humans, the gatekeeper to the spirit world. He is the keeper of all roads, intersections, doors, locks, and gates, as well as the god of travel, opportunity, and luck.

How exactly the character will be depicted in American Horror Story isn't yet public information - other than the announcement describing him as Coven‘s version of a “voodoo Satan,” who plays a pivotal role in the life of Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett's character on the show) and will be an important figure in the series’ remaining four episodes, when the horror anthology returns in January.

Reddick most recently joined the cast of the psychological thriller, The Guest, which follows an ex-Marine who returns from a tour of duty and is taken in by a fallen comrade's family, who he proceeds to terrorize.

Dan Stevens plays the ex-marine.

Reddick will play a government agent aware of the ex-marine's medical history who sets out to bring an end to his violent rampage against the family he terrorizes.

The busy Reddick can also be seen in the upcoming comedy Search Party - a film that centers on two men who travel to Mexico to save their stranded friend and reunite him with his girlfriend.

Last year, Reddick launched his own production company (Christai Films) to package high-concept projects for himself, and can currently be seen in Spike Lee’s Oldboy
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  • Dave's Deluxe | January 15, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    Glad to know AHS is still "keepin it real" for us black folks. Every week I love tuning in to watch the House of Blonde Witches fight crazy blackies.

  • serenity | January 8, 2014 11:26 PMReply

    Papa Legba is no Satan!!!!

  • Dr. Boogie | January 8, 2014 11:13 PMReply

    He's so playing this part....Ditto on the janky satan reference.

  • tazcreations | December 5, 2013 10:04 AMReply

    I am a Orisha practitioner and while I Love AHS-Coven I offended but the "voodoo Satan" reference. It's references like this that make it hard for others to consider us respectfully as a spirituality.

  • ernchamp | December 4, 2013 7:37 PMReply

    satan has nothing to do with voodoo!!!! it's so sad how african americans know so little about the practices of africans, throughout the diaspora before Christianity was shoved down our throats.

  • Kay | January 15, 2014 1:48 PM

    Yes! I couldn't agree more and I was actually raised Baptist and I'm 25. It wasn't until college when I let go of the fear of being punished by the Christian god and began to study different African religions so that I could know better about what and who my African ancestors worshiped before slavery and Christianity. It was a big misconception to me but now I am understanding the cultures and knowing them better.

  • Fritz | December 4, 2013 6:36 PMReply

    White people maligning Black religion and history for the sake of profit. Again. SMH. At the very least drop the "voodoo Satan" bit.

  • dreamlife613 | December 4, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    I've stopped watching AHS, but I know enough people love the show based on the numbers, so I am happy for Lance Reddick. I've been a fan of his since I first saw him on Oz, and then was delighted to see him pop up on The Wire, Lost, and Fringe.

  • Monique a Williams | December 4, 2013 6:24 PMReply

    Not so fond of "voodoo Satan" but Coven has been consistent in showing that white witches are nothing next to Black.

  • Phred G | December 4, 2013 5:37 PMReply

    Glad to see Lance is doing well after coming unFRINGEd. ijs.

  • Mimi | December 4, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    I really hate that they refer to Papa Legba as "voodoo Satan" but I will be watching...

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