‘Fargo’ Casts Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson & Jean Smart For Season 2

Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson & Jean Smart will star in the second chapter of “Fargo”, slated to premiere next fall on FX.

Wilson will star as Lou Solverson, who is described as a clean-cut Minnesota State Patrolman, four years back from Vietnam, where he served in the Navy. Danson will play Hank Larsson, Lou’s father-in-law & the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota. Smart will play Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family, in the new episodes, which are set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota & Luverne, Minnesota. Together, Lou & Hank will investigate a case involving a local crime gang & a major Mob syndicate.

The three actors join Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons, who were previously announced as cast members of the 10-episode miniseries, which racked up five Golden Globe nominations for its debut installment, starring Billy Bob Thornton & Martin Freeman.

Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan & Angus Sampson will all appear in recurring roles.

Showrunner/writer Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, John Cameron, Joel & Ethan Coen all return as exec producers for the second installment. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television & FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.

Production will begin in Calgary on January 19.

Wilson is repped by CAA & Anonymous Content; Danson by WME & Industry Entertainment; & Smart is represented by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

Elizabeth Wagmeister; variety.com

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