Mary Elizabeth Winstead Enters ‘Fargo’ Season Three

It’s a good day when you get to write about FX’s excellent Fargo. Though creator Noah Hawley is currently hard-at-work on his newest series, the upcoming Legion, the novelist-turned-showrunner will return for another round in North Dakota sometime next year, and he’s already gathering another exceptional cast. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is now set to join Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the critically-acclaimed anthology series.

Variety reported on the latest casting. Winstead will play Nikki Swango, “a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing.” She’s also “a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.” We’ll have to wait and see how that factors into the impending season.

Set in 2010, a mere few years after the first season’s 2006 setting, Fargo‘s third season will focus on McGregor’s Emmit and Ray Stussy, who are not identical twin brothers, who’ll soon get intertwined in some small-town violence and crime, as one would expect. Coon, meanwhile, will play Gloria Burgle, the chief of the Eden Valley police. Additionally characters should be announced in the weeks to come. Although no one from season one is expected to come back, Slashfilm reports one undisclosed character from season two will work their way into the new season.

There’s no word yet on when season three will air, but it looks like the production start date is on the near horizon. Season two is nominated for 18 Emmys, and Sunday will determine how many Hawley and his team win. It already won two during last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, so things are already looking up.

Winstead currently stars on CBS’ political farce Braindead, but that show’s fate remains on the balance. The showrunners are currently working on CBS All Access’ Good Wife spin-off and, with Winstead’s joining this newest Fargo season, a second season for the summer comedy series looks more unlikely than ever.

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