It’s a great time to be living in Fargo. Well, at least the Fargo in FX’s Fargo.
The cable channel has completed primary casting of the show’s late-coming third season just ahead of the start of filming next month. Joining star Ewan McGregor are, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Mann, Scoot McNairy, Fred Melamed, Karan Soni, Michael Stuhlbarg and Shea Whigham.
Mann will play Thaddeus Mobley, an award-winning science-fiction author, in the story that is said to be set in 2010, and take place after the events of the first season – although it’s not clear if there will be any actual tie-ins to the first season. The Portland, Oregon-born actor debuted in Nickelodeon’s iCarly and has since appeared in 2013’s Beautiful Creatures as Link.
He has a busy film schedule in 2017, including Kong: Skull Island and Amityville: The Awakening.
McNairy will portray Maurice LeFar, a “stoner with a criminal past.” McNairy might be best known for his work in AMC’s critical darling (but low-rated) Halt and Catch Fire as well as the veteran Wallace Keefe in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
He also worked in Oscar-nominated (and winning) films like Argo and 12 Years a Slave.
Melamed plays Howard Zimmerman, a “mover and a shaker with a knack for spinning a yarn and making a profit.” He might not have the most recognizable name, but it’s very likely you’ve seen him in something – like as Harvey Oberholt in Showtime’s House of Lies, and as judges in both Benched and The Good Wife.
He also voiced Epsilon Program cult leader Cris Formage in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.
Soni will take on scientist Dr. Homer Gilruth in the upcoming third season, but little else is known. But we all should know Soni by now – he was the love-struck cab driver in Deadpool earlier this year that always seemed to be around when our favorite superhero needed a ride.
Stuhlbarg portrays Sy Feltz, the right-hand man to Emmit Stussy, one of two characters played by Ewan McGregor.
He’s probably best known as playing Jewish gangster Arnold Rothstein in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and recently appeared as Agent Halpern in the film Arrival as well as Dr. Nicodemus West in Doctor Strange.
Finally, Whigham will play Moe Dammick, who is the chief of police for Meeker County – which is a real county in Minnesota, that is home to about 23,000 people. Whigham also was a star of Boardwalk Empire, playing Eli Thompson, the brother of Nucky Thompson, played by series star Steve Buscemi.
He also took on Roger Dooley in seven episodes of ABC’s Agent Carter, and most recently has appeared on HBO’s comedy Vice Principals.
All of them will join a cast that includes Carrie Coon from HBO’s The Leftovers, as well as Mary Elizabeth Winstead from 10 Cloverfield Lane. Also set to appear are comedian Jim Gaffigan and Harry Potter actor David Thewlis.
FX hasn’t set a premiere date for Fargo yet, but expect it to be likely in fall 2017.
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