The casting for Fargo never disappoints. The FX anthology series allows for a variety of surprising, unexpected performances, whether it’s Colin Hanks quietly affecting Gus Grimly or Bruce Campbell as soon-to-be president Ronald Reagan. With its third year cooking up in the cold lands of North Dakota, we’ve got ourselves another unexpected casting choice: Jim Gaffigan joins Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Scoot McNairy in the upcoming third season.
THR reported. Gaffigan joins as Donny Mashman, a police deputy working alongside Coon’s Gloria Burgle. Those expecting Gaffigan to go dark and villainous will (most likely) need to look elsewhere. Few details are known about Gaffigan’s character other than that at the moment, though.
Season three follows McGregor playing twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. They’ll more-than-likely wind up in some not-so-good business, I’d reckon. Coon’s Gloria, meanwhile, is the chief of police in Edna Valley, a newly divorced mother and considered a practical woman. Centered in 2010, Gloria fails to connect to a new cell phone age, losing connection in a distinctly less human world. Then Winstead’s Nikki Swango is a “crafty, alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing.” I suppose she shares that with my grandparents.
Gaffigan enters Fargo after TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, a warm, autobiographical family comedy he created with his wife, Jeannie. They exited following its acclaimed, recently-aired second season to focus more exclusively on their family. They share five young children together. He’ll also soon be seen in The Bleeder and the recently-filmed Chappaquiddick.
Production on the FX series begins later this year for a 2017 debut.