In 2013’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Alan Rickman portrayed Ronald Reagan with a distinct subtlety that never dipped into total caricature yet inarguably summoned the, er, murkier elements of his character. Don’t hold your breath for a similar, studied underplaying from Bruce Campbell, who is set to play the 40th President of the United States in Fargo’s imminent second season, focusing on his 1970s and his years before moving into the White House. One should expect a more playful, satirical spin on the Gipper from Campbell, but then again, the man has proven to be a far more adept performer over years than anyone could have expected. He’s also a reliable axiom on television, most prominently on the ever-so-slightly underrated Burn Notice.
The second season of Fargo will be set in the 1970s, and will focus on Lou Solverson, who was played by the great Keith Carradine in the first season. This time, Patrick Wilson is set to play the character, and the plot will seemingly pivot on a series of event that Solverson alluded to in season 1, as his daughter hunted down a diptych of sociopathic murderers. The show will also reunite Campbell with his Burn Notice co-star Jeffrey Donovan, who has already been cast in a recurring role for Fargo Season 2. Along with Wilson, they will be co-starring alongside Kirsten Dunst, Kieran Culkin, Ted Danson, Brad Garrett, Nick Offerman, Jesse Plemons, and Bokeem Woodbine in the second season. And as if this wasn’t a big enough get for Campbell, the actor will also be reprising his role as Ash in the upcoming Ash vs. Evil Dead series, which might just slow down the amount of fan films and spec scripts spawned by Sam Raimi’s seminal franchise. I wouldn’t necessarily count on that though.