FX has finalized the cast for its highly anticipated third season of Fargo.
Joining the cast of the Noah Hawley anthology are Michael Stuhlbarg, Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham, Karan Soni, Fred Melamed and Thomas Mann, 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 whether it will tie into the events from the first run, though none of the stars from season one will return. Production on the third installment of Fargo is set to begin in January for a debut in 2017.
Ewan McGregor will topline season three and play the dual roles of brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in what will be his first series-regular role.
Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire) will play Sy Feltz, Emmit’s right-hand man and consigliere. McNairy (Halt & Catch Fire, 12 Years a Slave) is set as Maurice LeFay, a stoner with a criminal past. Whigham, who reunites with his former Boardwalk Empire co-star Stuhlbarg, will portray Meeker County chief of police Moe Dammick. Soni (Blunt Talk, Deadpool) will take on the part of scientist Dr. Homer Gilruth. Melamed (Casual, Lady Dynamite) is set as Howard Zimmerman, a mover and a shaker with a knack for spinning a yarn and making a profit. Mann (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) rounds out the cast as Thaddeus Mobley, an award-winning science fiction author.
They join a cast that includes The Leftovers‘ Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle, a practical woman who is the chief of police in Edna Valley and a newly divorced mother who struggles to understand this new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than those directly in front of them; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing, and a woman with a plan who is focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents; Jim Gaffigan as a police deputy who works alongside Gloria; and David Thewlis as V.M. Vargas, a loner and true capitalist who delivers to Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, the bad news that he has just become partners with his employers, whose business interests lay outside the law.