Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson and Jean Smart will headline the ensemble cast of the second season of Fargo, FX announced today. They join the previously announced leads Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons.
In addition, the cable channel revealed recurring guest roles for Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan and Angus Sampson.
Written once again by Emmy winner Noah Hawley, Season 2 of the acclaimed crime drama is set in 1979, centering on the Sioux Falls incident mentioned in the first season by Lou Solverson, the former Minnesota state patrolman played by Keith Carradine. Wilson steps into that role, portraying a the clean-cut officer and devoted husband just four years back from Vietnam.
Danson will play Lou's father-in-law Hank Larsson, the unflappable sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota, while Smart is Floyd Gerhardt, matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family.In Season 2, young Solverson investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major mob syndicates, which leads him and Sheriff Larsson to a colorful cast of characters that includes: Luverne, Minnesota, attorney Karl Weathers (Offerman), described as a flowery drunk and true con artist; Joe Bulo (Garrett) the frontman for a Kansas City crime syndicate looking to expand north into the Gerhardt family's territory; Mike Milligan (Woodbine), Joe's smiling No. 2; Floyd Gerhardt (Smart), who takes over the family business from her dying husband; Dodd Gerhardt (Donovan), Floyd's impatient and cruel eldest son who's eager to inherit that business; Bear Gerhardt (Sampson), the intimidating middle son; and Rye Gerhardt (Culkin), the youngest son, described as a "small dog who barks big."Production begins Jan. 19 in Calgary, with plans for a fall premiere.