Martin Freeman Joins FX’s Limited Series ‘Fargo’

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Sherlock star Martin Freeman has joined the cast of FX’s upcoming 10 episode limited series Fargo, TVWise has learned.

Freeman, who recently wrapped filming on the third season of the BBC One drama series Sherlock, has landed the co-lead role as Lester Nygaard, a small town insurance salesman whose life is changed forever when Lorne Malvo, a mysterious stranger, comes to town He joins previously announced cast member Billy Bob Thornton, who is playing Malvo.

Based on the film of the same name and penned by novelist Noah Hawley, Fargo will feature an all-new “true crime” story, with the series following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic. The limited series is being produced by FX Productions and MGM Television, with Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and Geyer Kosinski serving as executive producers. Adam Bernstein is attached to direct the premiere episode. Production on the 10 episode skein is slated to commence this fall in Canada, with FX eyeing a Spring 2014 premiere. MGM is handling global distribution.