The Coen Brothers are bringing Fargo back to life for television and the cast of the new mini-series is starting to fill out very nicely. When the project broke, Billy Bob Thornton was the only bug acting name attached but since then Fargo has added names like Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Kate Walsh to the cast. Make room for a Breaking Bad star too as Variety is reporting that Bob Odenkirk has joined the cast of Fargo as well.
FX has smartly grabbed a bit of “Breaking Bad’s” afterglow for its limited-series redo of “Fargo,” tapping Bob Odenkirk for a supporting role.Glenn Howerton of FXX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Kate Walsh and Oliver Platt are also joining Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton in the adaptation of the Coen brothers’ 1996 pic.
The additions of two comic actors who have shown dramatic talents in the past as well beautifully fits the world of the Coens. It’s actually a shame that Odenkirk hasn’t worked with the Coens before this as his brand of quirk meshes brilliantly with theirs.
FX will be airing Fargo as a limited engagement, not a long running series as only 10 episode will be produced. A summer release date has yet been hinted at and the series will begin filming in Calgary, Alberta this upcoming November.