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FX’s small-screen adaptation for “Fargo” will debut Tuesday, April 15. Martin Freeman has signed up to co-star as Lester Nygaard who was portrayed by William H. Macy in the Coen brothers’ 1996 movie of the same name. The TV adaptation of the critically-acclaimed crime film will see Lester as a small-town insurance salesman married to a not so appreciative wife. Lester’s life is turned upside down when he meets Lorne Malvo, a rootless and manipulative character.

The film earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Original Screenplay for the Coens and Best Actress in a Leading Role for McDormand.

The 1996 film earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Original Screenplay for the Coens and Best Actress in a Leading Role for McDormand.

The limited series will also see Hollywood heavyweight Billy Bob Thornton take on the role Malvo! The series is also supported by Colin Hanks who takes on the role Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman in investigating the case, while Allison Tolman stars as Molly Solverson, an ambitious deputy.

The “Fargo” movie creative duo Joel & Ethan Coen will executive produce the show, alongside Warren Littlefield and Geyer Kosinski. (“Bones”) writer Noah Hawley is onboard to pen the script and will also executive produce the limited series.

Source: Huffingtonpost.com