FX Networks have released a new featurette for Fargo, their upcoming series based on the much-loved film by the Coen bros. The marketing piece gives a better understanding of the series, pointing out how different this will be from the film. “Same place, same type of people, new stuff happens,” says Billy Bob Thornton. Guess you can’t say it much better than that. We get given some previously unseen footage too, which nicely demonstrates the darkly humorous tone we can expect. Showrunner Noah Hawley (Bones) says that they didn’t want to deliver just a show; they wanted to deliver “a ten-hour movie.” While at first we were a little skeptical of the overall concept, we’ve grown pretty excited for this.
Fargo premieres on FX April 15.
Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Joey King, and Julie Ann Emery.
Official synopsis for Fargo:
An original adaptation of the Academy Award®-winning feature film, Fargo features an all-new “true crime” story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. 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 and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer. Allison Tolman also stars as “Molly Solverson,” an ambitious Bemidji deputy.
Rounding out Fargo’s colorful cast of recurring characters will be Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk as “Deputy Bill Oswalt,” Golden Globe™ and Emmy-nominated Oliver Platt as “Stavros Milos,” Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Kate Walsh as “Gina Hess,” Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as “Don Chumph,” Joey King as “Greta Grimly,” Peter Breitmayer as “Lieutenant Schmidt,” Tom Musgrave as “Bo Munk,” Josh Close as “Chazz Nygaard,” Russell Harvard as “Mr. Wrench” and Adam Goldberg as “Mr. Numbers.”