When Noah Hawley first brought the Coen brothers' cult classic Fargo to FX, there were very few people who had faith in the adaptation. Two seasons and countless awards later, Fargo has become one of the most compelling shows out there and Hawley has become so popular that he is currently producing four shows for FX.
Check out a trailer from the previous season to refresh your memory:
The show respectfully uses the Coen brothers' tale of good versus evil in the modern world as a spring board. Using Minnesota as a setting where everyone seems innocent and good-hearted, secret and selfish desires bubble to the surface as everyone tries to protect what's theirs or take what's not.
Below we round up everything we know about Season 3, which should be enough to keep you warm during the long winter without Fargo.
Casting: Ewan McGregor Will Take The Lead Role(s)
One of the most compelling aspects of the show is the incredible casting. Martin Freeman pulled off the performance of his career in the first season, and Billy Bob Thornton was absolutely diabolical as evil incarnate. In the second season, we saw stellar performances from Kirsten Dunst and new faces such as Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson. Now, for Season 3, it was recently announced that Ewan McGregor will be filling these big snow boots, assuming the roles of two twins, Emmit and Ray Stussy.
Emmit is described as the "parking lot king of Minnesota," he cherishes his big family and his business empire above everything else. His brother, on the other hand, feels like he’s been dealt a bad hand as Hawley revealed in an interview with Variety:
“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.”
It will be interesting to see how McGregor distinguishes the two in his performance. By the sound of it, Emmit will require some heavy prosthetics to hide the handsome Scot’s features. McGregor will provide a commanding presence that will guide the season's direction like only a seasoned actor can.
Check out McGregor's wholesome southern accent in the I Love Phillip Morris trailer below:
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Casting: Carrie Coon Will Be A Police Chief
Another interesting casting announcement revealed that Carrie Coon will be playing Gloria Burgle, the chief of police of the small town Eden Valley. In press releases, Gloria has been described as "a practical woman who grabs the fire extinguisher when the bacon catches fire and everyone else panics." Coon is best known for her roles in HBO's The Leftovers and David Fincher's Gone Girl. She isn't yet a household name, but Fargo prides itself on creating characters that pack enough emotional punch to thrust their stars into the limelight.
What'll Season 3 Be About?
So far, the plot for Season 3 has been careful kept under wraps, but showrunner Hawley has shown a tendency toward certain themes that we're sure to see reoccur in the upcoming installment.
The second season explored America at a time of great change; capitalism becomes religion as we see the ruthless expansion of the crime syndicate happen side-by-side with the election of Reagan. Hawley wants to focus on contemporary society and look at how technology brings us together and how it divides us too. In an interview with Variety, he went into more detail:
“I like the idea that we’re now living in a very selfie-oriented culture — people photograph what they’re eating and put it up for other people to see — it feels like a social dynamic that is very antithetical to the Lutheran pragmatism of the region. So much of our crime stories are based around the difficulty people have expressing themselves and communicating.”
How Will It Connect To Previous Seasons?
The second season, set in the late '70s, ended with several amazing payoffs connecting the characters with events in the first season, set in 2006. These little, intricate details provided more interest in the first season, and more explanation behind Molly, her father and Hess. Although there will be a whole new setting and a whole new set of characters, FX and Hawley have not ruled out stories intersecting with characters from Season 1.
When's The Release Date?
The end of summer usually means all your favorite shows are coming back, right? Wrong! Showrunner Hawley has already announced that Season 3 won't see the airwaves until spring 2017. The reason being that the show needs to be set in harsh Minnesotan winter and unfortunately they couldn’t finish all the shooting last winter and therefore need to start again on November 16, 2016.
With the story revolving around the twins we could see Emmit trying to expand his business by getting involved with the ominous Mr.Tripoli and his syndicate. It sounds like the brothers will be wrestling for control, Ray driven by jealousy, Emmit driven by greed. Gloria Burgle will be caught in between, responsible for cleaning up the mess while protecting her own neck. FX have released details to sate our appetites but it's going to be a long winter, so all we can do is zip up our parkas and say "ooofta!" until the new season comes around.
Who else would you like to see in the cast for Season 3?