With Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Scoot McNairy, Fargo season three already has an incredibly talented cast. It just got better with the addition of Harry Potter actor David Thewlis.
EW reports that he will be a series regular and describes his character as “a mysterious loner and true capitalist who delivers Emmit (McGregor), the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, the bad news that he has just become partners with his employers, whose business interests lay outside the law.”
Fargo season three is set in 2010, which is a few years after the events in the first season and a few decades after season two. The report also offers the following story details:
McGregor will play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy at the center of the story. Emmit is a handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man who sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, Ray, is a cautionary tale – balding and pot-bellied, Ray peaked in high school and is now a parole officer. Coon is the chief of the Eden Valley Police, and a newly divorced mother, who is struggling to understand this new world around her where people connect more intimately with their phones than the people right in front of them. Winstead will play a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing; Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.
Also joining the cast we have Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire, A Serious Man) who will play “Sy Feltz,” Emmit’s right-hand man and consigliere, and Jim Gaffigan (The Bleeder) will play “Donny Mashman,” who is Gloria’s deputy at the local police department.
During an interview with Vulture, creator Noah Hawley offered some insight into what he is looking to accomplish with this upcoming season:
"It’s a more contemporary story, and I think that’s exciting. Our first year was set in 2006, but we didn’t really deal with what it was like to be in that region in a more contemporary world. I like the idea that we’re now living in a very selfie-oriented culture where people photograph what they’re eating and put it up for other people to see. It feels like a social dynamic that is very antithetical to the Lutheran pragmatism of the region. So many of our crime stories are based on the difficulty that people have expressing themselves and communicating. In a lot of ways, the tragedies that are at the heart of these crimes could all be averted if Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) could have asked his father-in-law for the money or if Lester (Martin Freeman) could have been honest about who he was, or Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) as well. I like the idea of setting up these pragmatic and humble people against the culture of narcissism and [seeing] what that generates for us, story-wise."
The first two season of Fargo were incredible, and I'm sure the third is going to turn out just as great. Season three debuts on FX in 2017 ,and Thewlis is a fantastic addition to the series.