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FX has found its new Fargo leading duo.
Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons will topline the second season of Noah Hawley‘s FX anthology, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Production will begin in Calgary in January with the 10-episode series set to premiere next fall on FX. Hawley will return as showrunner with exec producers including Joel and Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron. Additional castings are expected to be announced soon.
The sophomore season will revisit the 1979 Sioux Falls incident referenced in the freshman run’s “A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage” episode when Molly’s (Allison Tolman) father Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine) was still a state trooper. Season two will take place in Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luverne, Minn., Hawley said, with a new actor coming in to play the younger Lou character.
Dunst will star as Peggy Blomquist, a beautician with big-city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with societal expectations.
Plemons will play Ed, Peggy’s husband and a butcher’s assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery — even if he doesn’t quite understand it.
For Dunst, Fargo will mark her TV series regular debut after a slew of TV movies and episodes of ER, Sisters, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Portlandia. On the big screen, her credits include the Spider-Man franchise, Bring It On, Melancholia, The Virgin Suicides and more.
Fargo, which earned the Emmy for outstanding miniseries, has become one of TV’s hottest properties as A-list actors flock to the small screen for roles in anthology series like True Detective and American Horror Story. The approach has worked well for the networks, luring viewers in an increasingly competitive DVR landscape and generating awards season cachet.
Dunst is repped by UTA and Management 360. Plemons, whose credits include Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad, is with TalentWorks and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.
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