Though it received critical praise and many positive reviews, the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis has been practically shut out this awards season. Fortunately, the Coens have another project on the radar: FX's upcoming series Fargo, loosely based on the brothers' Academy Award-winning 1996 film of the same name.
FX has released the first teaser trailer for the show (above), giving us a quick glimpse at the icy drama that is to come.
Joel and Ethan Coen are executive producing the series with Warren Littlefield and Noah Hawley, who is also responsible for writing the series.The drama is set for a limited, 10-episode run, similar to FX's American Horror Story. The short commitment has allowed the show-runners to lure top-tier talent while still leaving the door open for a potential anthology treatment that would expand on the town with a new set of characters.
Billy Bob Thornton will play Lorne Malvo, "a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction." Martin Freeman is Lester Nygaard, a character loosely inspired by Jerry Lundegaard, the character played by William H. Macy in the original film. Lester is "henpecked by his wife," but his life is changed when Malvo comes to town.
Also in the cast is relative newcomer Allison Toleman as Deputy Molly Solverson, who seems to be filling the role based on Frances McDormand's Marge Gunderson. And finally, Adam Bernstein of Breaking Bad directed the first episode, an appropriate choice fitting the theme of a mismatched duo teaming up for a little corruption.
The teaser is quite simple, showing us Thornton simply scraping ice and snow off of his car - a familiar sight for many of us this winter - while The Ames Brothers' "It Only Hurts For a Little While" eerily plays on his radio. As the Ames brothers sing "it only hurts for a little while, that's what they tell me, just wait and see," we can't help wonder if the lyrics are referring to the intense and lengthy anticipation for the show (or perhaps even death by wood chipper).
The clip certainly has the cold - the so very, very, cold - ambiance from the first film down pat. And though his appearance is quick, Thornton pulls off the sinister look on his face.
Do you think the teaser captures the strange and quirky essence of the original Fargo that the Coen Brothers are known for? Let us know in the comments.
Fargo will premiere in April on FX.
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