Same state, different murder—that’s what folks can expect when a TV spinoff of the Coen Brother’s Academy Award feature film, “Fargo,” airs Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. The seriously advertised FX anthology will be based on the 1996 film of the same name. However, the Noah Hawley version of the dark comedy will take place 19 years after Marge Gunderson cracked the case of the Minnesota murders wide open.
“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,” the official synopsis for “Fargo” reads.
Those new characters, with beloved accents to boot, include Oscar winner Billy Bob Thorton. Accorrding to the premiere synopsis, Thorton will be portraying the role of Lorne Malvo, “a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman,” Lester Nygaard, played by the Emmy-nominated actor Martin Freeman.
“Rounding out Fargo’s colorful cast of recurring characters will be Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk as Deputy Bill Oswalt, Golden Globe™ and Emmy-nominated Oliver Platt as Stavros Milos, Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Kate Walsh as Gina Hess, Glenn Howerton (‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’) as Don Chumph, Joey King as Greta Grimly, Peter Breitmayer as Lieutenant Schmidt, Tom Musgrave as Bo Munk, Josh Close as Chazz Nygaard, Russell Harvard as Mr. Wrench and Adam Goldberg as Mr. Numbers,” the synopsis informed.
But just because the story of “Fargo” is being told with an altered plot doesn’t mean you shouldn’t expect the same Coen brother vibe throughout the TV series. Hawley made sure to ring true to the original film, even opening the anthology similarly to the movie.
“This is a true story. The event depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 2006. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred,” the first scene explains.
FX decided to give skeptical fans a sneak peek at what they should expect in the TV adaptation of the film by leaking the first seven minutes of the episode 1, "The Crocodile’s Dilemma.” Viewers were introduced to Lorne, who just so happened to be driving around with a half-naked man in his trunk, and Lester, who was getting bullied by his wife at their breakfast table. We think it’s safe to say Lester’s wife probably won’t make it to the end of the season after her salesman diss.
"Fargo" will premiere on FX on April 15 at 10 p.m. EDT. Will you be watching the TV adaptation? Let us know what you think of the spinoff in the comments section below.