FX announced additional actors have signed on to Fargo season three. David Thewlis (the Harry Potter franchise), Michael Stuhlbarg (Doctor Strange), and Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show) have been cast in the third season of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning series. Scoot McNairy (Halt & Catch Fire), Shea Whigham (Vice Principals), Karan Soni (Blunt Talk), Fred Melamed (Casual), and Thomas Mann (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) have also committed to the upcoming season. Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were previously announced to star in Fargo season three.
Filming will get underway on season three in January 2017. FX hasn’t announced the premiere date but did confirm the show will return in 2017. Fargo was created by showrunner/writer/director Noah Hawley. Hawley also executive produces along with Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and John Cameron.
In addition to announcing the cast, FX revealed who the new members of the ensemble will be playing:
- David Thewlis joins the cast as “V.M. Vargas,” 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.
- Michael Stuhlbarg will play “Sy Feltz,” Emmit’s right hand man and consigliere.
- Jim Gaffigan will play “Donny Mashman,” Gloria’s deputy at the local police department.
- Scoot McNairy is “Maurice LeFay,” a stoner with a criminal past.
- Shea Whigham is Meeker County Chief of Police “Moe Dammick.”
- Karan Soni plays scientist “Dr. Homer Gilruth.”
- Fred Melamed will play “Howard Zimmerman,” a mover and a shaker, with a knack for spinning a yarn and making a profit.
- Thomas Mann will play “Thaddeus Mobley,” an award-winning science fiction author.
The Plot: 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” (Ewan 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. Carrie 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. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, “Nikki Swango,” a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge.