The cast for Fargo season 3 is really starting to take shape as yet another impressive and interesting cast member has joined the series. Comedian Jim Gaffigan has been enlisted as a series regular for the returning FX hit, which is expected to debut in the fall of 2017. He will be playing a police deputy named Donny Mashman, which seems pretty appropriate.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that showrunner Noah Hawley brought Jim Gaffigan onto the series for the upcoming season, which is rumored to be taking place in 2010. That means it will be following the events that took place in season one of Fargo, which took place in 2006, but it is unclear how exactly the events from both seasons will connect. Especially since none of the cast members from the first season will be returning for Fargo season 3.
Jim Gaffigan will be teaming up with Carrie Coon in the series, who has been cast as Gloria Bungle, the chief of the Eden Valley Police department. Fargo season 3 will be lead by Ewan McGregor, who has been cast in dual roles as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Emmit is well-known as the "Parking Lot King of Minnesota" described as a handsome, self-made real estate mogul, who is living the American dream. Ray, on the other hand, is a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who peaked in high school, and blames his brother for all of his misfortunes. Ray is said to be a cautionary tale who has a huge chip on his shoulder about how his life turned out. 10 Cloverfield Lane star Mary Elizabeth Winstead has also joined the cast and will play Nikki Swango, a "crafty and alluring parolee."
Fargo season 3 was able to land Jim Gaffigan because he and his wife recently walked away from their successful TV Land comedy series The Jim Gaffigan Show after two seasons. The cast for this new season is shaping up to be just as impressive and unique as the first two season of Fargo were able to cultivate. Last season, Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson and even Bruce Campbell as Ronald Reagan rounded out the cast. None of them will be returning for season 3 either, because season 2 of Fargo took place in 1979. That isn't to say an older version of one of the season 2 characters couldn't return somehow, but that also seems unlikely.
There is no specific premiere date set for season 3 of Fargo, but it seems like fans of the show will have to wait for quite some time after the upcoming season for more of the anthology series. Noah Hawley also recently teased that there may be a large gap between Fargo Season 3 and Fargo Season 4, similar to what happened with Louie at one point between seasons. FX seems perfectly happy to wait for content as long as the content is good and the first two season of the show have delivered. With the promising new cast, it seems like season 3 of Fargo has the chance to deliver in a big way as well.