6:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Fargo' Adds Jim Gaffigan to Season 3 Cast
Fargo continues to line up an impressive cast for season three.
FX's Noah Hawley anthology has enlisted Jim Gaffigan as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Season three of Fargo has been rumored to take place in 2010, following the events of the breakout drama's freshman season. It's unclear how or if it will tie into the events from the first run, though none of the stars from season one will return.
Gaffigan will take on the role of Donny Mashman, a police deputy who works alongside Gloria Burgle (The Leftovers' Carrie Coon). He joins a cast that also includes Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
McGregor will topline the season and play the dual roles of brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in what will be his first TV series regular role. Coon's Gloria is a practical woman who is the chief of police in Edna Valley and a newly divorced mother. She struggles to understand this new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than those directly in front of them. Winstead will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. She is a woman with a plan who is focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.
For Gaffigan, the role comes two months after he and wife Jeannie walked away from their TV Land comedy The Jim Gaffigan Show after two seasons. The duo, who wrote and exec produced the series based on their lives, decided to focus on family instead.
Gaffigan will next be seen in IFC Films/Showtime's The Bleeder. This week, he wrapped production on Apex Entertainment's Chappaquiddick. Release dates for both have yet to be announced. The comedian is currently on his international Fully Dressed arena tour. The Grammy-nominated comedian is also a best-selling author and a father of five. He's repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Schreck Rose.
Production on the third installment of Fargo is set to begin later this year for a 2017 debut on FX.