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FX Sets a Date for 'Fargo,' Its Limited Series Based on the Coen Brothers Film

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire January 14, 2014 at 5:4PM

"Fargo," the 10-episode FX limited series based on the Coen brothers' 1996 movie, will premiere on Tuesday, April 15 at 10pm.
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Gramercy Pictures The Coen brothers' 'Fargo,' on which FX's new series is based, premiered in 1996

"Fargo," the 10-episode FX limited series based on the Coen brothers' 1996 movie, will premiere on Tuesday, April 15th at 10pm.

The series, which Joel and Ethan Coen will executive produce, will not revisit the plot of the film -- instead it will tell a new "true crime" tale involving a new set of characters but keeping to the same humor and Minnesota culture of the feature. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the series as Lorne Malvo, a rootless man who meets and changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman).

Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer. Allison Tolman is Molly Solverson, an ambitious Bemidji deputy. And Bob Odenkirk (as Deputy Bill Oswalt), Oliver Platt (as Stavros Milos), Kate Walsh (as Gina Hess), Glenn Howerton (as Don Chumph), Joey King (as Greta Grimly), Peter Breitmayer (as Lieutenant Schmidt), Tom Musgrave (as Bo Munk), Josh Close (as Chazz Nygaard), Russell Harvard (as Mr. Wrench) and Adam Goldberg (as Mr. Numbers) make up the rest of the cast.

"Fargo" is written by Noah Hawley ("The Unusuals"), with Adam Bernstein directing the first episode. The series will tell a complete story in its 10-episode run, and if it's renewed for another season, will tell a new story, anthology-style.

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