Billy Bob Thornton to Star in FX’s ‘Fargo’

by | August 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM | TCA 2013, TV News

Billy Bob Thornton (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Oscar-nominee Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star in FX’s limited series “Fargo,” John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, announced Friday.

“Fargo” is a 10-episode TV adaptation inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 feature film, which earned seven Oscar nominations, and Joel and Ethan Coen are on board as executive producers along with Warren Littlefield, Geyer Kosinski and novelist Noah Hawley, who will serve as the writer.

Thornton will play Lorne Malvo, “a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction,” according to FX.

FX’s version of “Fargo” will feature an all-new “true crime story” — the series follows a new case and new characters — but it will still be stamped with “the trademark humor, murder and ‘Minnesota nice’ that has made the film an enduring classic.”

Production begins this fall in Canada and the series is targeted to premiere in spring 2014.