Although FX still hasn't formally announced an exact due date for the limited series Fargo, which is coming sometime this spring, the network has released the first two photos, featuring Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard and Allison Tolman as Deputy Molly Solverson. Like the original 1996 classic Fargo, this 10-episode series is based on a Minnesota true crime story. Lester Nygaard is loosely based on William H. Macy's Jerry Lundegaard, while Bemidji, Minnesota cop Molly Solverson is inspired by Frances McDormand's Marge Gunderson. Check out the photos, then read on for more information about the series.
FX's Fargo will feature an all-new "true crime" story, following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and "Minnesota nice" that has made the film an enduring classic. As previously announced, Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as "Lorne Malvo," a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman "Lester Nygaard," played by BAFTA Award winner and Emmy-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety when he comes face-to-face with a killer.
Rounding out Fargo's colorful cast of recurring characters will be Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), as "Deputy Bill Olson," a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, "Molly Solverson," played by Allison Tolman (Sordid Lives), who will be a series regular. Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Oliver Platt (The Big C, and the upcoming features Chef and Kill the Messenger), will play "Stavros Milos," the Supermarket King of Minnesota. Screen Actors Guild Award winner Kate Walsh (Private Practice) will star as "Gina Hess," a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys. Glenn Howerton, star of FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will play "Don Chumph," an ambitious personal trainer. Joey King (The Conjuring, Oz: The Great and Powerful) will play Gus's daughter, "Greta Grimly" and Peter Breitmayer (The Middle, A Serious Man) will play "Lieutenant Schmidt," Gus's superior officer. Tom Musgrave (Beethoven's 5th) will portray "Bo Munk," Lester's boss at the Bo Munk Insurance Shop, and Josh Close (The Master) will play "Ron Nygaard," Lester's younger and more successful brother. Russell Harvard (There Will Be Blood) and Adam Goldberg (The Unusuals) will play members of the Fargo Crime Syndicate, "Mr. Wrench" and "Mr. Numbers," respectively - Mr. Wrench is the muscle. Mr. Numbers is the mouth.