Fargo (FX): New Show Inspired By The Beloved Coen Brothers Film

Bob Thornton in Fargo (2014)

If you’re a fan of the Coen brothers then you most likely have seen Fargo, the 1996 hit black comedy that earned two Academy Awards, from six nominations. Many aspects of the movie have become iconic, from the weird accents, to Steve Buscemi’s face. Now, 18 years after the film, FX has come up with a miniseries that will try to recreate the genius of the film, but with a new story and cast.

Before you put your “they are tainting the glorious perfection that is the original” cap on, consider the fact that Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to serve as executive producers. Bob Odenkirk and Allison Tolman in Fargo (2014)Noah Hawley has written the screenplay. He has previously worked on shows like Bones, The Unusuals, and My Generation.

Fargo (FX) Plot

The story follows the lives of the inhabitants of small-town Minnesota, especially meek insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, after a sinister drifter named Lorne Malvo enters their town.

Not much is known about the plot yet, except that it’ll tonally and thematically follow in the footsteps of the film.

Fargo (FX) Premiere Date

It’ll premiere on April 15th this year. The series will have ten episodes. Maybe they’ll take a leaf out of True Detective‘s book and go for a new story next season, or maybe these 10 episodes are all there will be. Depends on how it’s received.

Fargo (FX) Cast & Characters

Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a malicious conman who brings chaos and violence into the lives of the people of the small-town.

Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard. His character is similar to the one played by William H. Macy in the film. Lester is an emasculated, middle-aged insurance salesman, constantly put-upon by his wife.

Colin Hanks as Gus Grimly. He played that psycho in that season of Dexter. You remember. Here it looks like he’ll be in the law enforcement.

Bob Odenkirk as Bill Olson. There’s no sleazy Saul here. Odenkirk will be playing a more straight-laced cop.

Kate Walsh as Gina Hess

Adam Goldberg as Mr. Numbers

Oliver Platt as Stavros Milos

Glenn Howerton as Don Chumph

Joey King as Greta Grimly

Julie Ann Emery as Ida Thurman

Key & Peele as two FBI agents.

The Scoop

Here’s what FX president John Landgraf revealed about the show (via CraveOnline):

There is no William H. Macy character. There are no characters in the limited series ‘Fargo’ that are derived from the characters in the film Fargo, but the show which is still hard to describe how remarkably true to the film it is.

When Joel and Ethan Coen actually saw the script, they said, ‘Well, we don’t really know how to give notes so can we rewrite it?’’ They sent back half a dozen pages with just a few dialogue suggestions. They really thought Noah Hawley nailed the tone.

Fargo (FX) Pictures

Fargo (FX) Trailer

Reasons to See

With Justified and The Americans, FX has been delivering on the quality of its shows. If you don’t trust them, then there’s the Coen brothers themselves, overseeing the project. The cast involved looks solid, and the tone of the film seems perfect for a modern-day cable drama.

Reasons to Skip

I don’t know.

Will it be a hit?

You betcha!