Billy Bob Thornton To Play Lead Bad Guy in FX’s ‘Fargo’ Series

By Will Ashton

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Fargo is one of my favorite movies. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, my second favorite filmmakers of all time, it’s the film that helped put them on the map and cemented their place in film history.

There was once an attempt to make the film into a series, but all that became of it was an unused pilot. Now, FX is taking another stab at it. Featuring new characters and crimes, but the same regional centerpiece, the show just casted its first lead character. Deadline reports that Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton will be playing Lorne Malvo, “a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.”

So, essentially, he’s more or less the Steve Buscemi character. It was also revealed today during FX’s panel at TCA that the series, to be executive produced by the Coen brothers, will only be a 10-episode miniseries. But, if successful, the show could become something similar to FX’s own American Horror Story and return for multiple anthology seasons with new stories and characters.

This will be the second time that Billy Bob Thornton will appear in a Coen Brothers production, as he had already previously starred in their movie The Man Who Wasn’t There.

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