Fargo, a 10-episode mini-series based on the 1996 Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning crime drama of the same name, is now shooting in Calgary. The series is a macabre thriller and black comedy based on a local pregnant cop who investigates a man who has arranged for his wife to be kidnapped so that her rich father will pay a ransom.
The series will feature an all-new “true crime” story, following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic.
Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety when he comes face-to-face with a killer.
Rounding out the cast of recurring characters will be Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”), as Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman, who will be a series regular.
Oliver Platt will play Stavros Milos, the Supermarket King of Minnesota. Kate Walsh will star as Gina Hess, a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys. Glenn Howerton will play Don Chumph, an ambitious personal trainer. Joey King will play Gus’s daughter, Greta Grimly and Peter Breitmayer will play Lieutenant Schmidt, Gus’s superior officer. T
om Musgrave will portray Bo Munk, Lester’s boss at the Bo Munk Insurance Shop, and Josh Close will play Ron Nygaard, Lester’s younger and more successful brother. Russell Harvard and Adam Goldberg will play members of the Fargo Crime Syndicate, Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers, respectively – Mr. Wrench is the muscle. Mr. Numbers is the mouth.
The open casting call will be held in Calgary on Saturday, January 11 from 9am to 6pm at Marlborough Mall (near the food court). Producers are looking for men and women, aged 16 to 70, with a “wide diversity of looks and ages with all nationalities and ethnicities required.”
The series is written by Noah Hawley. Adam Bernstein (“30 Rock”) will direct the premiere hour. Executive Producers are Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen, and Geyer Kosinski. Fargo is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television.
The series is slated for broadcast Spring 2014 on cable on FX Canada.