'Fargo' actress who grew up in MN lands leading role in new series, reports say


A "Fargo" actress who grew up in Minnesota has landed a leading role in another TV series – on the same network, and under the direction of the same creative leader.

Deadline reported this week Rachel Keller – who played Simone Gerhardt in FX's "Fargo" last fall – will play the leading female character in "Legion."

The series is being written and produced by Noah Hawley, the showrunner and writer of the "Fargo" TV series.

Deadline says the 24-year-old Keller – whose first big acting gig came with "Fargo" – "impressed Hawley and FX brass who moved on to cast her in her first leading role."

So what is "Legion?" It's actually set in the Marvel universe, and follows the story of David Heller, Nerdist explains.

Heller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier – one of the staples of the X-Men comic book and movie franchise – and struggles with mental illness, Nerdist says. But something happens that makes him start wondering if what he sees and hears in his head are actually real.

FX ordered a pilot in October.

The Hollywood Reporter says Keller's character is "a scrappy and optimistic woman in her 20s," but Marvel and FX are keeping a lid on her specific powers and character details at this point.

As for "Fargo" season three? It's expected to air in 2017 and jump forward from season two's 1970s setting, the International Business Times says. (They've got a few more nuggets too if you're interested in very light spoilers.)

More about Keller

MPR did a story on Keller back in November, calling her "the real Minnesotan on 'Fargo.'"

She was raised in St. Paul's Como Park neighborhood, and went to the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists before leaving to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The Pioneer Press also spoke with her, and she told them of the "Fargo" part: "I don't know if I could have gotten a better job."

Deadline says it's been a "fast rise" for Keller and her career. She now lives in Los Angeles.

Keller's Instagram includes a few fun photos of her and the "Fargo" cast. She's also on Twitter.


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