Anthology TV shows are quite in vogue these days, with series like American Horror Story and True Detective featuring new characters in new situations each season (though with some thematic overlap). FX's Fargo - based on the Coen brothers' film of the same name - will operate much in the same way, where its second season won't follow the events of the first (critically acclaimed) season, but rather an entirely different crime set some 30 years prior.
Still, season 2 will have a strong connection to the first in thatit will center on Lou Solverson - a former cop and father of Deputy Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman), season 1's lead investigator. Set in 1979 when Lou has just returned from Vietnam, Fargo's second season will also be pulling inspiration from Coens brothers' films Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There, much like how season 1 incorporated elements from No Country For Old Men and A Serious Man in addition to (obviously) Fargo.
The role of the young Lou Solverson - portayed by Keith Carradine in Fargo season 1 - has yet to be cast, but earlier this week we reported Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan was set to join and that Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman was offered a role. This latest report from Variety neither confirms nor denies that earlier casting report, but instead reveals that Kristin Dunst (Spider-Man) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) are on board for Fargo season 2.
Dunst's character is that of Peggy Blomquist, "a small-town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is." Plemons is playing her husband, Ed, "a butcher’s assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it."
There's no further information to confirm whether the Blomquists play a large role in season 2, but the high profile casting and the folksy, small town nature of their characters - making them just perfect candidates for corruption - is a strong indication that the two could be major players.
In addition to needing an actor for a younger Lou, Fargo season 2 is also looking to cast his wife, Betsy; the 4-year-old Molly; and fellow officer, Ben Schmidt. Filming on the 10-episode season is expected to begin this January in Calgary, so expect more casting announcements over the coming weeks.
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Fargo season 2 is expected to air on FX in late 2015.