As with many Coen brothers movies, their 1996 crime thriller Fargo is best remembered for its characters and tone rather than the plot. Set mostly in Brainerd, Minnesota, the film starred William H. Macy as a car salesman who clumsily tries to arrange for the kidnapping of his own wife and Frances McDormand as a police chief who doggedly tries to get to the bottom of the resulting homicides.
FX's upcoming TV series of the same name stars characters who seem to fill similar roles as those of the movie, such as Martin Freeman (Sherlock) as timid insurance salesman Lester Nygaard and Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson, a local police officer. The story, which spans ten episodes of the limited series, kicks off with a violent drifter called Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) arriving in town and working his own special kind of charm on Lester.
There have been a couple of short teasers for Fargo released already, but FX has now unveiled the first full story trailer - one which reveals more about the plot and the characters. The Coen brothers wrote and executive-produced the series alongside Noah Hawley (Bones), and the trailer contains a promising mix of deadpan humor and creative violence.
Also co-starring in Fargo are Colin Hanks (Orange County), Adam Goldberg (NYC 22) and Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk. FX has so far earned a pretty good reputation for its original programming, which includes Archer, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy. If Fargo manages to combine black comedy with an engaging crime plot then it should make for an excellent addition to the spring TV schedule.
Tell us in comments whether this trailer convinced you to tune in for Fargo's pilot episode - and what you think of Freeman's Minnesota accent.
Fargo premieres April 15, 2014 on FX.