FX’s Fargo was one of the best TV surprises of last year by co-opting the tone of the Coen Brothers‘ classic film, but still adding a unique stamp on the material. The 10-episode anthology series is putting together a terrific new cast for its second season, and now has an excellent leading man in Patrick Wilson. Season 2 takes place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota in 1979, and follows a young Lou Solverson (the older Lou played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) as he investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. FX has also announced that Ted Danson is on board to play Lou’s father-in-law, Sherriff Hank Larsson, and Jean Smart is signed to play crime family matriarch Floyd Gerhardt.
An official synopsis has also been released, which outlines the roles for supporting cast members Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan, Angus Sampson, and Keiran Culkin. The press release doesn’t mention how they factor into the plot, but as we previously reported, Kirsten Dunst is playing “a beautician with big-city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with societal expectations,” and Jesse Plemons will play Blomquist’s husband, Ed, a butcher’s assistant who “wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery—even if he doesn’t quite understand it.” Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the official synopsis. Filming on Fargo Season 2 begins January 19th, and will premiere sometime this fall on FX.
GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARD NOMINATED PATRICK WILSON,
EMMY® AWARD WINNER TED DANSON AND EMMY AWARD WINNER JEAN SMART
TO STAR IN NEXT CHAPTER OF FX’S EMMY AND AFI AWARD WINNING
FARGO MINISERIES FRANCHISE
Wilson, Danson and Smart Join Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons
In the New 10-Episode Limited Series
Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan and
Angus Sampson Round Out the Colorful Cast of Recurring Guest Stars
LOS ANGELES, January 8, 2015 – Golden Globe nominated actor Patrick Wilson (Angels in America, The Conjuring), multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ted Danson, and multiple Emmy winner Jean Smart have signed on to star in the second installment of FX’s Emmy and AFI Award winning miniseries franchise Fargo, it was announced today by Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions and Steve Stark President, Television Production & Development of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.
Wilson, Danson and Smart join previously announced leads Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons.
Patrick Wilson will star as “Lou Solverson,” a clean cut Minnesota State Patrolman, four years back from Vietnam, where he served in the Navy. A humble and competent man, Lou is a devoted husband to his wife “Betsy” (yet to be cast), and father to four-year-old “Molly” (yet to be cast).
Ted Danson will play “Hank Larsson,” the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota. An unflappable WWII vet who embodies a certain cowboy poetry, Hank is Lou’s father-in-law.
Jean Smart will play “Floyd Gerhardt,” the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family. She’s stood by her husband’s side for 40 years, but now that he’s out of the picture she thinks it’s her turn to run things.
A critically acclaimed, award-winning theater and film actor, Patrick Wilson earned a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and then went on to star in numerous Broadway productions as well as feature films. Wilson received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in Angels in America, and received two consecutive Tony Award® nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, for his work in Oklahoma and The Full Monty, for which he also won a Drama League Award. His film credits include Promethus, Insidious, The Ledge, Watchmen and Little Children. He was recently nominated for a Critics Choice award nomination for his guest starring role in HBO’s Girls.
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Ted Danson is best known for his iconic role as “Sam Malone” on Cheers. He’s also starred in the acclaimed series Damages, Bored to Death and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He currently stars on CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Jean Smart has won three Emmy Awards, including two for Frasier for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, and one for Samantha Who? for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Smart was also nominated for an Emmy Award for 24 and was nominated for a Tony Award for The Man
Who Came to Dinner. Smart has appeared in numerous feature films, including Guinevere, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and Garden State.
The all new “true crime” case of Fargo’s new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer “Lou Solverson” (Wilson), recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, “Sheriff Hank Larsson” (Danson). The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes “Karl Weathers” (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. Three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will play “Joe Bulo,” the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate. The new face of corporate crime, Joe’s bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America. His number two is “Mike Milligan” (Bokeem Woodbine). Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling – but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch “Floyd Gerhardt” (Smart). With her husband at death’s door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, “Dodd Gerhardt” (Jeffrey Donovan). An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can’t wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. “Bear Gerhardt” (Angus Sampson) is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. “Rye Gerhardt” (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he’s just a small dog who barks big.
Production on Fargo will begin in Calgary on January 19 and the 10-episode anthology miniseries is slated to premiere next fall on FX.