Tom Hanks' son lands role in 'Fargo' TV series


The cast of the upcoming television series based on the Oscar-winning Minnesota-made movie "Fargo" continues to grow.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Colin Hanks, the son of two time-Oscar winner Tom Hanks, has joined the upcoming FX series as Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly.

Hanks' casting comes about a week after "The Hobbit" star Martin Freeman joined the cast in the lead role of Lester Nygaard, a sad sack of small-town insurance agent whose life is changed when a mysterious stranger, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) comes to town.

Thornton was the first person cast in the show in August.

Hanks' Grimly is described by Deadline as "a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer."

Cineblend is guessing Hanks' role will be similar to Frances McDormand's Brainerd sheriff character in the original film, but expects him to be "more manly and less pregnant."

McDormand won a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Marge Gunderson in the film, and Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen nabbed the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The younger Hanks has starred in such films as "Orange County," "W." and "King Kong," and several TV series including "Dexter," "Burning Love" and "NCIS."

Unlike the 1996 "Fargo" movie, the 10-episode limited series will feature whole new "true-crime" story with a new case and characters. FX says the series will still have the humor, homicide and "Minnesota nice" associated with the film, however.

The “Fargo” TV series -- which will be shot in Canada -- will premiere on FX in the spring of 2014.

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