Entertainment Weekly has learned that Ronald Reagan and feminism are going to play big roles in Fargo's sophomore season. The reveals come courtesy of FX CEO John Langraf, who dropped the new information during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.
"[Season 2] covers something that was referenced in the first installment by Lou Solverson, Molly Solverson’s [Allison Tolman] father," Langraf said. Patrick Wilson will star as a younger version of Lou, a character that was played in the first season by Keith Carradine. "It's a big sprawling, in some ways, more comedic [season], though at times, a very serious show. It's set in the late '70s against the backdrop of Ronald Reagan's first campaign for President of the United States. Reagan is a character in it."
When EW asked if Reagan's involvement in the series would be via archival footage, Langraf clarified that late president would be a real character in the show. "Reagan will be interacting with our characters," he said.
Additionally, the second season will feature a number of female characters, two of whom will be played by Jean Smart and Kirsten Dunst.
"A lot of what it's about is the cultural transformation that was going on at the time," said Landgraf. "It's about the sense that the war has come home. It's also about feminism, so there are some really significant female characters."
Fargo's second season is expected to debut this fall on FX.