‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX

FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.

Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.

The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps that’s not what happens at all. And so I think, visually and aesthetically, you’ll see Noah commenting on a world Carrie [where] has a scene where she’s going to be on a plane, and she notices everyone around her has their heads down and their face in their phone, and no one is communicating. No one is talking, and I think, from her perspective, that seems rather strange. That seems very alien. So Noah is going to have a lot of fun, I think, commenting on and embracing the world as it is almost today.”

“Fargo” won three Primetime Emmy Awards in its first season and two in its second season. The series is executive produced by Hawley, the Coen brothers, Littlefield, and John Cameron. It is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

Source: Variety

‘Fargo’ Chapter 3: Dual Roles, the Accent and Those Character Names

TCA: The cast and producer of the FX limited series, which just began production last week, reveal what they can about the return of the “fake true crime” drama.

‘Fargo’ Chapter 3: Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon on Dual Roles, the Accent and Those Character Names
TCA: The cast and producer of the FX limited series, which just began production last week, reveal what they can about the return of the “fake true crime” drama.

While “Fargo” Chapter 3 will blow “kisses” to past installments, expect a totally new story when Noah Hawley’s Coen-inspired series returns in April.

Stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg have only been shooting the third installment of FX’s Emmy-winning limited series for a week, but they, along with executive producer Warren Littlefield, still took the time to come by the TCA Winter Press Tour and reveal a little bit of information about what we can expect from this newest iteration.

Set in 2010, the show promises to take on issues like social media in the modern world, as Littlefield explained. (Hawley was scheduled to appear on the panel, but bowed out due to illness.) “Carrie has a scene where she’s on a plane and she looks around and everyone has their heads down,” he said. “No one’s talking, no one’s communicating. Noah’s going to have fun embracing the world as it is almost today.”

Littlefield confirmed to IndieWire that directors signed on for Year 3 include John Cameron, Dearbhla Walsh, Mike Parker, Keith Gordon and Michael Uppendahl, with Hawley himself directing the first episode.

Of the cast, only Thewlis had seen the previous seasons before getting approached to appear in Year 3 — Coon in fact stated that she was one of many who first heard that “Fargo” was being adapted and thought it was a terrible idea. (She came around on it, of course.) She compared her character, Sheriff Gloria Burgle, to Frances McDormand’s iconic role in the original “Fargo” film, though in the series, recently divorced single mom Gloria’s personal life is “kind of eroding.”

Gloria still represents decency and ethics within the world of the show — “Don’t we need that more than ever?” Coon added — though “How successful she is is what the show is asking this season.”

Coon said that the show’s depiction of Midwesterners felt very familiar to her, as someone from an equally rural area. “I recognize my people in it — my people are not fully expressed, they’re people who are not good at expressing their emotions. But they are good at handling the unexpected,” she said.

Without much to go on in terms of plot, journalists made much of the show’s character names, which Coon described as “writerly.” For example, McGregor plays twins Emmit and Ray Stussy, while Stuhlbarg plays a man named “Sy Feltz.”

As Winstead laughed, regarding her own moniker, “‘Nikki Swango’ says it all — I had no questions after that.”

McGregor did note, though, that some of the names were very tough to pronounce, like “Ehrmantraut.” In fact, he didn’t didn’t make light of how tricky the specific accent demanded by the series’ Minnesota location can be. “I wish I was coming at it from an American accent and not a Scottish accent,” he said.

Not only that, but because he’s playing two different roles, there’s the issue of finding two different character voices within that accent. Fortunately, he had some past experience with playing dual roles, after playing a clone and his original in Michael Bay’s “The Island” and Jesus and the Devil in Rodrigo García’s “Last Days in the Desert.”

“Some of my great heroes, like Alec Guinness, are known for playing multiple roles,” he said, before adding (inevitably), “I’m very good at playing with myself.”

McGregor expressed his general excitement for getting involved with the show, saying that what he looked forward to was “less time in my trailer.” In fact, Littlefield revealed that McGregor even showed up on the first day of shooting (a particularly cold and miserable Calgary day) despite not being needed.

“I didn’t want it to start without me!” McGregor said with a laugh, before admitting that also, “The dialogue coach was there, and I really needed to work with him.”

“Fargo” Year 3 is tentatively set to premiere this April.

Source: IndieWire

Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins Fargo Season 3

Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Star In ‘Fargo’ Season 3

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been tapped as a lead opposite Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the third installment of FX’s Emmy-winning anthology series Fargo.

Winstead will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.

Winstead most recently toplined CBS’s summer series BrainDead from the creators of The Good Wife, which is considered unlikely to return for a second season. Still, the CBS TV Studios drama has the actress in first position while clearing her to do Fargo.

The first installment of Fargo was headlined by Billy Bob Thornton; the second one starred Patrick Wilson and Kirsten Dunst.

Fargo’s second installment is heading into Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a total of 18 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series. It scored two Emmy wins at last weekend’s Creative Arts ceremonies: Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special.

Fargo hails from creator Noah Hawley, who executive produces with Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron for MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.

Winstead recently starred in J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane. She is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.

Source: Deadline Hollywood