Ever since its 2014 debut, FX’s dark comedy Fargo has been raking in critical acclaim. The anthology series, based on the Coen brothers film of the same name, changes characters and settings each season. The series’ second season, set in 1979 and starring Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson in lead roles, earned an outstanding number of awards and nominations, sweeping last year’s Critics’ Choice Awards.
Since the series has been off-air for the entirety of 2016 and we may be looking at a long wait for season four, fans are itching for news on the upcoming season three. So far, it looks like the next chapter in Fargo will continue to build on the show’s past themes, and producers are assembling an all-star cast to enact the new season set in 2010. From Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) to Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars), the show is continuing its trend of casting movie stars for its small town on the small screen. The latest casting news is no exception, and Harry Potter fans will be sure to recognize this familiar face.
According to a report from EW, David Thewlis has been cast in Fargo‘s third season as V.M. Vargas. EW‘s article describes Vargas as “a mysterious loner and true capitalist who delivers Emmit (Ewan McGregor), the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, the bad news that he has just become partners with his employers, whose business interests lay outside the law.”
Thewlis notably played Professor Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film adaptations. The English actor will also play an undisclosed role in the upcoming Wonder Woman solo film. Thewlis won the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actor after starring in the independent black comedy Naked in 1993, and has since gone on to enjoy a prolific career across various media. He has also directed and written for the screen, and he published the darkly humorous novel The Late Hector Kipling back in 2007.
Fargo season three is shaping up to be artful and fascinating, if these glimpses into its casting and plot are any indication. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the impending chapter is Ewan McGregor’s dual role as two brothers, one a hometown success story and the other a cautionary tale. As Thewlis’s character Vargas complicated things for McGregor’s Emmit, we’re likely in for some darkly humorous, anxiety-inducing, outlandish interactions between the two. It’s also worth noting just how funny it is to see two U.K.-based actors nab significant roles in a show defined by its singularly American Midwestern-ness.
Fans and critics alike are eager to see what Fargo has in store for season three, and things certainly look promising. It’s only a matter of time before we all get to see these seasoned actors bring some unique performances to life.
Fargo will return for a third season in 2017.