Many might think that the new FX TV series called “Fargo” is an adaptation of the Coen brothers movie from 1996. In fact, it will more likely appear to be an offspring of that classic project that once showed an Academy Award winning performance of Frances McDormand. The story still takes place in Minnesota.
It stars Billy Bob Thornton among the terrific cast of many others. A drifter named Lorne Malvo (Thornton) arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (played by Martin Freeman). Colin Hanks (Dexter), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), Oliver Platt, and Katie Walsh also star in the series. Spoiler Alert: in the show’s fourth episode, there is a flashback moment that may finally connect the new television show to the actual movie.
We’ll have to see if the team of series producers can honor the Coen Brothers masterpiece. We’re reassured that the Coen Brothers approved and produced the series.
Be sure to tune in Tuesdays on FX. Check local listings for times.