FX announced that its acclaimed Coen Brothers-inspired anthology series Fargo will return for a fourth season starring Chris Rock. Production on Noah Hawley’s dark comedy begins in 2019, with Rock on board to star as a 1950s mob boss.
“I’m a fan of Fargo and I can’t wait to work with Noah,” Rock said in a statement.
The network also provided a synopsis for the upcoming season, which rewinds the anthology’s loosely connected narrative by nearly 60 years:
“In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.
Chris Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son’s enemy as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes. It’s a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.”
Fargo‘s Season Three aired on FX in April 2017. In January, Hawley revealed that, while he had an idea for a fourth season, he was reluctant to commit to another year of Fargo. “I really love that world, but it’s still very much a question for me of if there’s something left to say with it; of balancing tone. I never want it to be something where people go, ‘Oh, that thing with the funny accents,'” Hawley said. The showrunner also oversees the FX X-Men offshoot Legion.