Welcome to “Fargo,” David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jim Gaffigan! FX announced Tuesday that the trio of actors will join Season 3 of the anthology series, joining previously announced main stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Production is set to begin in Calgary in January, with the season premiere airing sometime in 2017.
Here are even more “Fargo” Season 3 spoilers, directly from FX —
Set in 2010, the next installment of “Fargo” will feature an all-new “true crime” tale centered on Emmit and his slightly younger brother Ray Stussy (McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry leads to a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge. Coon stars as Gloria Burgle, the steady chief of the local police department. A newly divorced mother, Gloria is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them. Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge.
Thewlis is best known for the “Harry Potter” films and “Wonder Woman.” He will take on the role of V.M. Vargas in “Fargo,” a mysterious loner and true capitalist who delivers Emmit the bad news that the Parking Lot King of Minnesota has just become partners with his employers, whose business interests lay outside the law. Stuhlbarg of “Boardwalk Empire” fame is set to play Sy Feltz, Emmit’s right hand man and consigliere. And comedian Gaffigan will portray Donny Mashman, Gloria’s deputy at the local police department.
Last summer, showrunner Noah Hawley teased that the highly anticipated third installment will connect to what’s come before. “I think that the fun is that these things connect,” he said. “They connect sometimes in very important, literal ways, like Season 2 being backstory for Season 1, or Oliver Platt finding the money from the movie.”
“And then they connect in tangential ways, too, which is also really interesting,” Hawley continued. “You know, where Zahn McClarnon grows up to be the guy in the first year, and if you were paying attention and that makes sense to you, you have this moment where you’re like, ‘Oh crap, he grows up to be that guy.’ And then in that moment you go, ‘Oh, but that guy gets killed by Billy Bob Thornton.’ It’s a very powerful dynamic.”
Season 1 of “Fargo” became FX’s first-ever program to win a series prize at the Emmy Awards. It also took home trophies for Best Directing and Best Casting. The second installment won Emmys for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing, but lost many of the major categories to network rival “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
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