FX has officially ordered season 4 of the series Fargo with Chris Rock to star as one of the two leads. Previous seasons of the series featured the likes of Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ewan McGregor.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers movie of the same name starring Frances McDormand and William H. Macy, FX's Fargo anthology series centers around the troubled lives of small-time criminals in the American Midwest. The show's upcoming fourth season will be set in the 1950s, centering around two criminal families in Kansas City, Missouri - one Italian American and one African American - who strike an unusual peace pact in order to thrive financially. However, following the death of Kansas City's mafia kingpin, the pact becomes strained, leading to unexpected consequences based wholly around the series' central theme: greed. Now, Chris Rock will officially star as one of the two families' patriarchs, though little else has been revealed about the character.
According to The Wrap, Rock confirmed his involvement with Fargo in an official statement. The actor, who has ties to FX through the standup comedy television series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which he executive produces, explained that he is not only a fan of the show, but is looking forward to working with Fargo's showrunner Noah Hawley. Rock, who recently finished his international standup tour called Total Blackout, said, “I’m a fan of Fargo and I can’t wait to work with Noah."
While the Fargo series has explored several time periods over the past three seasons (season 1 took place in 2006, season 2 took place in 1979, and season 3 took place in 2010), the fourth season will draw the series back the furthest, with the intent to explore immigration and assimilation in the 1950s. There is currently no word on who will star as the opposing patriarch to Rock's character, nor are there any details on additional casting.
FX's Fargo has expertly examined an intimate portrayal of small-town Americans facing larger-than-life ordeals, much like the movie on which it's based. The film earned Joel and Ethan Coen the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Frances McDormand her first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1997. The series has managed to maintain a strong hold on critics and audiences, earning 11 Golden Globe nominations over the past three seasons, with Billy Bob Thornton and Ewan McGregor winning the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television in the first and third seasons, respectively.
There is currently no premiere date for season 4 of Fargo.
Source: The Wrap