Skip to main content

Billy Bob Thornton to star in new 'Fargo' TV series

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

FX Networks announced Friday that acclaimed actor Billy Bob Thornton will star in the television series inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen's crime caper "Fargo," the Los Angeles Times reports.

FX's CEO John Landgraf said "Fargo" will be a 10-part limited series and will not feature any of the characters from the original 1996 movie.

However, according to a FX press release, the series will feature "the trademark humor, murder and 'Minnesota nice' that made the film an endearing classic."

In the all-new "Fargo" crime story, Thornton will play the character of Lorne Malvo, who is described as "a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction."

The Minnesota-born Coen brothers are among the executive producers on the series.

According to IGN, Landgraf said the Coens looked at the original script for the show, and made about a half-dozen pages of suggestions.

Otherwise, Landgraf said, the Coens thought writer Noah Hawley "had nailed the tone of the original film."

Thornton won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for the crime drama "Sling Blade" in 1996, ironically in the same year the Coens won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for "Fargo."

"Fargo" also earned Frances McDormand a Best Actress Oscar for playing the very-pregnant Brainerd Sheriff Marge Gunderson.

Thornton has been nominated for two Oscars -- for Best Actor for "Sling Blade," and for Best Supporting Actor for the 1998 Minnesota-made crime drama "A Simple Plan," largely shot in Delano.

"Fargo" the television series is expected to premiere on FX next spring.

Unlike the film version, which was filmed in North Dakota and mainly in Minnesota, the "Fargo" television series will be shot in Canada.

Next Up

RogerEbnetMugshotYellowStone

Charges: Minnesota elementary school teacher sexually assaulted 3 boys

The incidents were captured on video taken inside an elementary school classroom.

Police tape

Person shot by police in St. Paul Monday evening

It happened around 6:10 p.m. on the city's East Side.

Kollie Jr.

Woman killed in Moorhead identified as suspect's mother

An appeal has been issued to find the suspect's vehicle, which remains missing.

Hamilton

Ticket details released for 5-week run of 'Hamilton' in Minneapolis

The tour of the production has been delayed twice due to the pandemic.

GummiesDeathByGummyBears

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against 3 THC edible retailers

The board has received 46 complaints in the past four months regarding the products.

Screen Shot 2022-12-05 at 2.53.55 PM

ATF now investigating fire at Lyndale Avenue apartment building

It was the second fire at a vacant building owned by the same landlord that was being used by squatters in the past few months.

FB_IMG_1668547011137

Let the good times roll

Minnesota Roller Derby is back!

StumpysGoogleMaps

Beloved restaurant in southeastern MN to close after 40 years

A final night of celebrations is scheduled for Dec. 17.

PrinsburgGoogle

MN town shelves ordinance allowing residents to sue abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison advised the town to not go forward with the ordinance.

Spring Street Tavern

Man shot dead inside Minneapolis tavern is identified

The suspect is being held on probable cause murder.

Related