The first season of Fargo was incredible. It generated nominations. It generated critical acclaim, and perhaps most importantly, it generated a rolodex filled with members of the Hollywood elite who desperately wanted to be a part of Season 2. That’s what happens when you have a winner. Everyone suddenly wants to get on board. Well, after an extended casting process, the dust has finally settled, and surprise, surprise Fargo has a disgustingly good cast for the next chunk of episodes.
A lot of the names have already been announced, but according to FX, the new confirmations are Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson and Jean Smart. All three have been around the block more than a few times and have been nominated for their share of awards. If those names don’t jump out of you immediately, they should. Here’s a little bit of a reminder…
Patrick WilsonFrom Watchmen to Young Adult to Insidious, Patrick Wilson has quietly emerged as a reliable actor capable of carrying a low budget movie or playing a key supporting role in a big budget movie. He’s likeable enough to play the object of affection, but he can also schlub down enough to play an everyman. Here, he’ll play Lou Solverson, the father of Allison Tolman’s Molly from the first season, where an older version of his character was played by Keith Carradine. As such, you probably shouldn’t look for him to die.
Ted DansonAnyone over the age of thirty-five doesn’t need any kind of introduction on Ted Danson. He played the main character, Sam Malone, on Cheers. He also later had a starring role on Becker, which wasn’t as popular but ran for 6 seasons and more than one hundred episodes. More recently, he’s been seen on Bored To Death, CSI and in the company of his beautiful and famous wife Mary Steenburgen. He’ll play Hank Larsson, the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota.
Jean SmartBack in the day, Jean Smart appeared on Designing Women for five seasons. She later picked up Emmy Nominations/ won for her work on The District and Frasier. I, however, will always remember her as the overly sexual neighbor of the Brady Bunch in the Brady Bunch Movie. Good times there. Here, she’ll play Floyd Gerhardt, a crime boss who starts asserting her own power after her husband falls ill.
Even if it was just those three, fans would be in for a huge treat when Fargo Season 2 premiered down the road, but fortunately, there are way more famous actors on board who have already been announced. You can flip through to the subsequent pages for quick rundowns of who they are…