Bringing the Coen Brothers‘ classic film Fargo to television was a risky proposition, but showrunner Noah Hawley did a terrific job, and the anthology series is set to return in 2015 for a 10-episode second season with a new cast, new story, and a new setting. Season 2 will take place around an incident in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1979 and focuses on a young Lou Solverson (played in season one by Keith Carradine). Hawley says the new season will not only draw inspiration from Fargo, but also from other Coen Brothers movies such as Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There.
Casting is currently underway and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) is moving to the cold Midwest, and might be joined by Nick Offerman.
According to The Wrap, Donovan has been cast to play Dodd, not that the character name means anything other than he’s not playing the young Lou. I thought Burn Notice was an alright show, although I quit watching when it was clear they had written themselves into a corner. But I was really impressed with Donovan, and I was a little disappointed he never broke out bigger while he was working on the show. Hopefully, he’ll get more attention with Fargo.
The show is also seeking Offerman to play the role of “Carl”, which, again doesn’t really mean anything at this point when it comes to the story or the characters. But with Parks & Recreation coming to a close, I’m very curious to see where Offerman goes next. Even when Parks was moving through its rocky first season, I thought Offerman was great from the beginning, and while he’s mostly known as Ron Swanson, he’s given strong performances in other roles, particularly as a frustrated father in The Kings of Summer.
The Wrap adds that newcomer Rachel Keller has joined the cast, and Mike Bradecich and Allan Dobrescu are in contention for roles.