Billy Bob Thornton is set to star in the Coen brothers’ upcoming TV adaptation of their 1996 film Fargo. Thornton will play Lorne Malvo, a shiftless character who kicks off the action when he meets a small-town insurance salesman and, according to a press release, “sets him on a path of destruction.”
The 10-part limited series is independent of the film, which followed a pregnant police chief in Minnesota who tracked two incompetent criminals hired by a car salesman to kidnap his wife. The TV version will feature new characters and cases while retaining the dark humor of the movie.
The Coens are executive producers of the series, which will be written by Noah Hawley. “I think people are going to be entranced with that show,” FX President John Landgraf said at the Television Critics Association press tour.” Noah Hawley’s invented a new version of Fargo that’s its own thing, but that’s true to the spirit of the original.”
Fargo is slated to premiere on FX in Spring 2014.