Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton Join the Cast of 'Fargo'

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October 11th, 2013

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CASTING CONTINUES ON FX’S ALL-STAR ORIGINAL VERSION OF FARGO

 

Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton

Among the Stars Joining Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks

In the 10-Episode Limited Series

 

LOS ANGELES, October 11, 2013 – Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton are among the stars joining Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks in the FX limited series Fargo, an original adaptation of the classic Academy Award®-winning feature film. The announcement was made today by Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions and Steve Stark, President, Television Production, MGM Television. Production begins in November in Calgary, Canada and the series is slated to premiere next spring on FX.

 

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 Lucky Them, 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.

 

 

A 10-episode limited series, Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein (30 Rock) will direct the premiere hour.  Executive Producers are Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and Geyer Kosinski. Fargo is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television.

 

MGM Television will be the lead studio and will handle worldwide distribution of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada.

 

Fargo, released in 1996, was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won for Best Original Screenplay for Joel & Ethan Coen and Best Actress for Frances McDormand.  It was named as one of the 100 Greatest American Movies by the American Film Institute.

 

Last year, FX announced that it would be producing miniseries and limited series through FX Productions.  The network has had tremendous success with traditional drama series, with most of its dramas running seven seasons.  By entering the limited series business, FX can produce dramatic programs that have shorter runs – one, two or three seasons – and offer talented filmmakers more freedom.

 

FX Productions is also in production on the limited series Wayward Pines for FOX. A limited series from M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines stars Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino. It is slated to premiere in summer of 2014.

 

About FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXX and FXM.  Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons Of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans and The Bridge; the miniseries American Horror Story: Coven; and the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie, Archer and Wilfred. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly.

 
  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Looks like they called Saul….

  • Dan S

    Bob Odenkirk will be doing double duty in Better Call Saul in addition to Fargo. I like the cast & premise for Fargo. It should be a keeper for FX.

  • IDIOTDetector

    @Dan S, yes when I read the term “limited series”, I always think “Hey, that’s a keeper!”

  • Jagger Dagger

    With American Horror Story, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, and The Americans, FX is putting out some quality dramas now. Fargo looks like it may be another good one for them as well.

    Cable and pay cable are putting the broadcast network’s hour long dramas to shame now.

  • scott123

    Does anyone here actually remember the plot of Fargo? It was ridiculously unsubstantial. The Coen Bros are some of the best silver screen stylists in all of history, but it doesn’t change the fact that Fargo was/is far more style than substance. If the Coens, beyond executive producing are taking pen to paper, then there might be hope, but, in the hands of Noah Hawley (The Unusuals, My Generation), I don’t see great actors making much of a difference.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like The Unusuals and was sorry to see it go, but I’m not sure ‘The Unusuals’ quality writing will be sufficient for this.

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