Acclaimed actresses Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Sarah Paulson have done something entirely unexpected: they've joined the circus.

See some of your favorite Oscar winners and nominees from years past in the first extended trailer for "American Horror Story: Freak Show," the latest iteration of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck's grisly FX series that this time takes place inside the world of circus "freaks" in 1950s Florida.

So just how many breasts does Ms. Bassett have? Check out the full trailer below to find out.

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" premieres October 8 on FX.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.