What better place to continue one’s small-screen career than right here in Brainerd, Minnesota? That is reportedly what Colin Hanks will doing now that he’s signed up for FX’s upcoming adaptation of Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen’s classic dark comedy starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi. Hanks, whose previous TV role was in Showtime’s Dexter, will play law enforcement officer Gus Grimly, a single dad faced with the difficult task of balancing the safety of his family while he pursues a small town killer.
Hanks will join Billy Bob Thornton, who will play Lorne Malvo, the catalyst for the show’s small-town murder and mystery. Martin Freeman will play the equivalent of Macy’s role of Jerry Lundegaard, the bumbling automobile salesman who hires hitmen to kidnap his wife in a disastrous plot to solve his financial problems. The original Fargo was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1996 and took home the award for Best Original Screenplay. McDormand won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Marge Gunderson, a jovial but surprisingly prescient police chief.
The Fargo adaptation will last only 10 episodes, and will likely follow a storyline that bears little if no resemblance to the plot of the original film. There will likely be a new case featuring all new characters, though there may be some parallels in terms of the various personalities and locales featured. The Coen brothers are set to executive produce the series.