It was announced a while back that the Coen brothers would be adapting their breakthrough independent movie Fargo into a limited television series for FX. We already knew that Billy Bob Thornton was going to star in a lead role but Deadline is reporting he’ll be splitting the billing with Sherlock star Martin Freeman.
Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman is set as the co-lead opposite Billy Bob Thornton in FX’s first limited series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen. A 10-episode limited series inspired by the Coens’ 1996 film, FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new true crime story, with the series following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that were the film’s trademark.
Freeman is best known at the moment for either his role on the BBC series Sherlock or for his lead role in The Hobbit series directed by Peter Jackson.
The Coen brothers have always been unconventional filmmakers, and there’s great hope that Fargo will make an entertaining television series. With names like Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman headlining a cast that won’t be hard to fill out with big names, as well as Joel and Ethan Coen’s cooperation, Fargo is already looking like it will be another hit for FX.