Fargo Adds David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, And Jim Gaffigan

One of the most amazing things to happen to television in recent years was the fact that the second series of Fargo was actually good. It was a lot better than just good, but after the unbelievable first season, to come back with anything at all is a triumph. Now, because pushing your luck is something we should always strive for, the third series is heading our way, and it has already been announced that Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be involved.

Well, now you can add David Thewlis, possibly the most underrated actor working today, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Jim Gaffigan.

This time around, the show is set in 2010, which is to go wildly sideways already, and features Ewan McGregor playing Emmit and Ray Stussy. The dynamic between McGregor’s roles is obviously going to be a main focus, and the show has Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota clashing with his brother Ray, a balding parole officer who blames his brother for the fact that he has always lived in his shadow.

What could go wrong?

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.

David Thewlis (Harry Potter films, Wonder Woman) 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 (Boardwalk Empire) will play “Sy Feltz,” Emmit’s right hand man and consigliere.

Jim Gaffigan (The Bleeder) will play “Donny Mashman,” Gloria’s deputy at the local police department.

Rounding out the cast are Scoot McNairy (Halt & Catch Fire, 12 Years a Slave) as “Maurice LeFay,” a stoner with a criminal past, Shea Whigham as Meeker County Chief of Police “Moe Dammick,” and Karan Soni (Blunt Talk, Deadpool) as scientist “Dr. Homer Gilruth.”  Fred Melamed (Casual, Lady Dynamite) will play “Howard Zimmerman,” a mover and a shaker, with a knack for spinning a yarn and making a profit, and Thomas Mann (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) will play “Thaddeus Mobley,” an award-winning science fiction author.



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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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