‘Fargo’ Season 3 Adds Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Starring Role

     September 16, 2016


Noah Hawley‘s award-winning FX series Fargo has some strange magic. What started as seemingly an obviously terrible idea has become one of the finest shows on television, honoring the beloved Coen Brothers source material while carving out an entirely new presence all its own. And the remarkable casting has been no small part of that feat, lining up cast rosters with some of the best performers on the market who are up to the task of filling out Hawley’s darkly comic world with characters who are equal to the quality of the writing.

And boy, Season 3 is living up to those standards. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who gave a tremendously underrated performance in this year’s paranoid sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, is the latest addition.


Image via Paramount Pictures

Per the press release,

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.

Winstead joins the already announced duo of Ewan McGregor and The Leftovers standout Carrie Coon, which positions Season 3 to possibly become the most exciting cast line-up yet. Coon is a dramatic force who elevates just about every damn thing she touches. McGregor is a bonafide movie star, charming beyond reason, who I have no doubt is up to the task of his double roles. And Winstead, who has demonstrated a sort of wonderful loyalty to genre work throughout her career, and proved with 10 Cloverfield Lane that she has the presence to command the screen with the scarcest of dialogue (even more impressive when you consider the scene-stealing performance she was up against in John Goodman). In short, with two fantastic seasons behind it, Fargo’s third season is starting o tremendously encouraging footing.


Image via HBO

In case you missed the last casting rounds, you can check out the details of Coon and McGregor’s roles below:

Coon will play “Gloria Burgle,” a practical woman – the one who grabs the fire extinguisher when the bacon catches fire and everyone else panics. Gloria is the chief of the Eden Valley Police, and a newly divorced mother, who is struggling to understand this new world around her where people connect more intimately with their phones than the people right in front of them.

McGregor will play brothers “Emmit and Ray Stussy” at the center of the story. Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, is a handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man who sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, Ray, 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.

Beyond the character descriptions, not too much is known about the plot of Fargo Season 3 at this point aside from the fact that the series will jump time periods again, hopping forward to 2010. For now, Fargo’s second season is eyeing a big night at the Emmy’s this weekend with 18 nominations. Any wins would be yet another award on the pile for the series, which took home two Emmy wins last year, and counts the Golden Globes, Peabodys and AFI Awards among its wins.


Image via Paramount Pictures