Few movie-to-TV adaptations have been received with quite as much critical acclaim as FX’s Fargo. An anthology series from creator Noah Hawley, Fargo brings a unique twist to the beloved Coen Brothers film of the same name, telling stories of its own in the same region, but often with different characters and set during different time periods. The show’s first season took place in 2006, starred Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, in a tale that combined angry husbands, well-meaning female cops, and ruthless hitmen strikingly similar to how the original 1996 film did. However, the second season was a complete departure from its predecessor, and with 10 episodes centered entirely around a small town massacre in 1979.
Now, Fargo is set to return with its third, highly anticipated season in just a few short months. Taking place in 2010, it will tell the story of a successful man and his less-successful brother (both played by Ewan McGregor), as they come into contact with crafty parolees, hitmen, and once again, fearsome female police officers.
During last night’s newest episode of Legion as well, FX premiered the first official teaser trailer for Fargo season 3. Anyone familiar with the short promos for the show’s previous seasons won’t be surprised when they see it either, as it once again incorporates the iconic dark humor aspect of the Fargo property that many have come to love. Vague and withholding of any actual story details, it shows someone literally taking the air out of a neighborhood’s friendly, blow-up Santa Claus. Check it out for yourself above.
Once again, Hawley and co. have managed to assemble an incredibly impressive lineup for the new season, that may be even more star-studded than its two predecessors. In addition to McGregor as the leading brothers, the season is also set to star Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Carrie Coon, David Thewlis, Jim Gaffigan, Scoot McNairy, and more. Production on the season has been underway for a little bit now, with some of the main cast members, in particular, busy teasing some of the harsh filming conditions they’ve been shooting some of the season in.
Hawley’s work on Fargo has helped make him one of the more in-demand writers working in the industry today. Just recently, his first series working with Marvel and Fox, Legion, based on the Marvel comics of the same name, premiered to a similar level of critical acclaim that his previous outings have. Coming off of the first two seasons of Fargo, though, Hawley also has higher expectations to live up than he ever has before. Luckily, with one of the more exciting casts in television history assembled for it, the talent needed to deliver is certainly there. Whether or not it manages to be everything fans and critics are hoping, will of course, have to wait to be seen, but there’s no denying that its premiere is already shaping up to be one of the biggest TV events of the year.
Fargo season 3 premieres Wednesday, April 19 at 10pm on FX.