FX is beginning to set its cast for Fargo Season 2, and a pair of rather talented actors are the first to officially sign on. The network announced today that Kirsten Dunst and Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons have closed deals for co-starring roles in the second season of the anthology series, which will take place in 1979 Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The logline for this new season was actually teased during the first season of the show, as Keith Carradine’s Lou Solverson recounted a horrifying case that still haunted him. Find out who Dunst and Plemons will be playing in the second season of Fargo after the jump.
While Fargo Season 2 will revolve around Solverson returning from Vietnam and tackling a new case (with his wife and a young Molly poised to appear), Plemons and Dunst will be playing different characters entirely. Dunst will fill the role of Peggy Blomquist, “a beautician with big-city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with societal expectations.” Plemons will play Blomquist’s husband, Ed, a butcher’s assistant who “wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery—even if he doesn’t quite understand it.”
We recently heard that Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan and Nick Offerman were in the mix for roles in this second season, but FX has yet to confirm their casting. I wasn’t as crazy about Fargo as most seemed to be, but I like the idea of Dunst and Plemons entering the longform storytelling fray with a 10-episode arc. Creator Noah Hawley is at the helm as showrunner once again, and I imagine he’ll be writing every episode himself just as he did with the first season. Production begins in January in anticipation of a Fall 2015 premiere.