Ewan McGregor will be the next movie star to take on a lead role in FX's anthology series Fargo. According to Deadline, McGregor has been cast to anchor Season 3 of Noah Hawley's acclaimed Upper Midwestern crime series.
McGregor will play dual roles as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Emmit, the older brother, is the "Parking Lot King of Minnesota," a wealthy and handsome real estate mogul. His younger brother Ray is a gone-to-seed parole officer who blames his brother for his life going off track. Probably not coincidentally, William H. Macy's character in the movie Fargo wanted to invest in a parking lot with his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell), who had gotten out of the parking lot business years before because it was too tough to make money.
McGregor is the first person cast for Season 3, which is scheduled to begin shooting later this year ...Read more
"THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in 2006 (season 2: 1979). At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of the respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred," the opening text claims. Or as creator Noah Hawley puts it "... we're saying it's a true story, which it isn't, but it's following a certain true story logic ...".
Season 1: Drifter Lorne Malvo is a rootless and scheming man who shows up in small-town Minnesota where he manipulates the people with cruelty and violence. Upon meeting insurance salesman, Lester Nygaard, Malvo sets him on a path to ruin.
Season 2: The second installment of Fargo is set in 1979 and follows Detective Lou Solverson as he investigates a case involving a Mob syndicate and a local crime gang.
This 10-episode limited television series is an adaptation of the classic Academy Award winning feature film of the same title by Joel and Ethan Coen. Fargo is written by Noah Hawley and Executive Produced by Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and Geyer Kosinski. Fargo is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television.