Patrick Wilson Takes ‘Fargo’ Season Two Lead Role, Ted Danson Joins Cast Too

By January 9, 2015
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After slowly filling roles in December with names like Jeffrey Donovan & Nick Offerman along with Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons, the second season of FX’s series adaptation of “Fargo” has finally filled out most of the primary and supporting cast, and it’s an impressive ensemble.

FX has announced that Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Insidious) will lead the second season as a younger Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in the first series), a clean cut Minnesota State Patrolman, four years back from Vietnam, where he served in the Navy. A humble and competent man, Lou is a devoted husband to his wife Betsy and father to a four-year-old Molly (both roles that have yet to be filled).

In addition, Ted Danson (“Becker,” “Cheers”) has landed the role of Hank Larsson, the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota and unflappable WWII vet who embodies a certain cowboy poetry. And he also just happens to be Lou’s father-in-law.

Ted Danson

Beefing up the female side of the cast is “24” star Jean Smart as Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family. She’s stood by her husband’s side for 40 years, but now that he’s out of the picture she thinks it’s her turn to run things. And for those waiting for more details about the plot this season, here’s the official synopsis:

The all new “true crime” case of “Fargo’s” new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer Lou Solverson (Wilson), recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson (Danson). The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes Karl Weathers (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist.

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Oh, and there’s a bunch of other names who have been cast in the show including Brad Garrett as Joe Bulo, the front man of the mob syndicate expansion and Bokeem Woodbine as Joe’s right-hand man, part enforcer, part detective, always smiling for all the wrong reasons. In addition, it’s been revealed that Jeffrey Donovan is playing Dodd Gerhardt, oldest son of Smart’s character Floyd, frustrated by his mother’s taking over of the family crime business, and anxious to take things over himself.

As for the rest of the Gerhardt clan, there’s the middle son Bear Gerhardt (Angus Simpson), an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan, and also Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he’s just a small dog who barks big.

That’s a hell of a cast, and let’s not forget that Kirsten Dunst will be playing Peggy Blomquist, a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. And Jesse Plemons will be playing her husband Ed, a butcher’s assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.

Production on “Fargo” begins on January 19th, and the 10-episode second season is set to debut sometime in the fall.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.