Ah, Fargo. Noah Hawley’s masterful small-screen continuation of the Coen brothers’ equally masterful, Oscar-winning movie of the same name. It’s certainly one of my favourite crime dramas, and over two series it has maintained an extremely high standard. The good news is that series three, which will go into production later this year, will be back on UK, free-to-air televisions, thanks to Channel 4.
It’s no huge surprise that the same broadcaster that has played out the first two series will premiere series three in the UK, but you never know in this cut-throat world of TV rights.
So it’s good news that Channel 4 has announced that it will broadcast series three next year, and, going by the plotlines and what we already know about it, it sounds like it’ll be another doozy.
BAFTA-winning actor Ewan McGregor will play the two brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, at the centre of the story.
Emmit Stussy is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made real estate mogul and family man, Emmit sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, Ray Stussy, on the other hand, is more of a cautionary tale. Balding and pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes.
McGregor is joined by Carrie Coon who plays Gloria Burgle, a practical woman…the kind of woman who grabs the fire extinguisher when the bacon catches fire and everyone else panics. The Chief of Police in Edna Valley, and a newly divorced mother, she struggles to understand this new world around her where people connect more intimately with their phones than the people directly in front of them.
Also joining the cast for the third instalment is Scoot McNairy and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Winstead will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive Bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.
Production on the third instalment of Fargo is tentatively scheduled to begin later this year and air on FX in the US and Channel 4 in the UK in 2017.
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