Boasting high caliber talent in front of and behind the camera, Fargo season 3 looks like the show of the spring.
Yesterday fans were treated to their longest look at the third season of FX's Fargo thus far, a one-minute trailer released by the network. And yet, all it took was that minute to assert the show's third season will be worth the nearly 18 month wait, as it delivered the series' trademark dark humor mixed with stylish action. But most importantly, the first glimpses at the show's astounding cast firmly cements it as the show to watch this spring.
For those who don't know, Fargo is an adaptation of the Coen Brother's 1996 crime drama set in the Midwest. Yet rather than doing a straight adaptation of the original, creator Noah Hawley-- who's recently been earning buckets of acclaim for also creating the show Legion—instead set the series action within the same continuity as the film. Following the anthology model that's earned Ryan Murphy success on the network, the show thus far has used entirely new casts for each of its seasons, attracting big names like Billie Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Kirsten Dunst. What's emerged television on the grandest scale as each season offers a self contained cinematic story over a 10-episode run. And season three looks to be upping the ante in the best possible way.
Leading the cast this year is Ewan McGregor, playing the dual roles of feuding brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. A chronically underrated actor capable of charming you as romantic coping with the death of his father, a Scottish junkie or the sole saving grace of the Star Wars prequels, if there's one complaint about him it's that their aren't enough Ewan McGregors in this world. Well Fargo, went ahead and took care of that. If that weren't enough, going toe-to-toe-to-toe with them is Carrie Coon—a gifted actress capable of showcasing her comedy and dramatic chops in Gone Girl or HBO's The Leftovers. Here she'll play the female lead, a police chief undaunted by a challenge likely after the Stussy Brothers. Finishing the show's majorly talented trifecta of leads is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, another underrated talent from 10 Cloverfield Lane and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World as an ex-con teaming up with one of the central brothers.
While there are no guarantees the series will make good on its amazing talent and deliver a memorable third season, Emmy winner Hawley has proven himself as one of the most gifted creative minds in TV today. Because of that I'll be tuning in when the show comes back on April 19th, to see the newest shades of danger he pulls from his "Minnesota nice" characters.