FX has just announced the premiere date for the Ewan McGregor-starring third season of Noah Hawley’s Coen Bros.-inspired anthology series, Fargo: April 19 at 10 p.m.
McGregor is a very talented actor, and in the upcoming season of Fargo he’ll get to be a very talented actor twice. Per the official description, McGregor is both Emmit and Ray Stussy, two brothers whose relationships to ambition have led them down vastly different (but still small-town Midwestern) paths. Emmit calls himself the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota” while Ray is “a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt,” for which he blames Ray. (Though balding doesn’t seem a very fair thing to blame one’s sibling for.) And since it’s Fargo, the sibling rivalry tale can only lead to some very dark places — and the description suggests that somehow Emmit and Ray’s tense relationship gets them entangled in murder, the mafia, and competitive bridge. The latter happens to be the passion of Ray’s girlfriend, a “crafty and alluring” parolee played by Winstead.
Speaking of which, the season boasts an impressive supporting cast, including The Leftovers star (and seasoned Chicago theater actor) Carrie Coon, Winstead, and Naked‘s David Thewlis.
Likely investigating whatever havoc the Bros. Stussy have wreaked is Coon’s character, Gloria Burgle, a recently divorced police officer. And Thewlis plays V.M. Vargas, “a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit.”
So, come April 19, you’ll get to see the very Scottish McGregor attempt not one, but two presumably thick Midwestern accents. It sounds like the season will see him in the meatiest role(s) he’s had in a while, perhaps barring the upcoming Trainspotting sequel, which, incidentally, arrives two weeks earlier (on March 31.)