The first teaser for the new FX 10-episode limited series Fargo has been released. The show stars Billy Bob Thornton as a drifter named Lorne Malvo, Colin Hanks as police deputy Gus Grimly and Martin Freeman as insurance agent Lester Nygaard. Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have also just boarded in recurring roles. Peele will play Agent Webb Pepper, while Key is Agent Bill Budge. While this is an adaptation of the 1996 Coen brothers classic of the same name, Joel and Ethan Coen will not be directing. Instead they will act as executive producers. Adam Bernstein helmed the first episode, from a script by Noah Hawley. Fargo debuts April 15.
Here’s the synopsis:
An original adaptation of the Academy Award®-winning feature film, Fargo features an all-new “true crime” story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar® winner 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 BAFTA Award® winner and Emmy®-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy “Gus Grimly,” a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer. Allison Tolman also stars as “Molly Solverson,” an ambitious Bemidji deputy.