Martin Freeman to Star in New FX Series FARGO
FX has announced that Martin Freeman will star in their limited new series FARGO. The 'Sherlock' star will join previously announced cast member Billy Bob Thornton on the series.
The actor will portray Lester Nygaard, described as "a small town insurance salesman, whose life is changed when mysterious stranger, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), comes to town."
The series is adapted by novelist/writer Noah Hawley from the award-winning film of the same title. Warren Littlefield and Joel & Ethan Coen will serve as Executive Producers on the series.
The 10-episode limited series will be inspired by the film, and will follow an all-new "true crime" story. The series will follow a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and "Minnesota nice" that has made the film an enduring classic.
"For years, people have tried to adapt this Academy Award(R)-winning gem into a TV series with no success," said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. "I have always loved Fargo and I was skeptical about this as a series, but Noah Hawley's script made me a believer. This script is so good and so true to the tone of the original movie."