Beverly Hills, Calif. — Interesting cast announcement here at the TV Critics tour: Billy Bob Thornton has been cast in a 10-episode adaptation of "Fargo," the Oscar-winning Coen brothers movie of the same name. He'll play the same character played by Steve Buscemi in the flick. This will air next spring.
FX plans to make waves in this short-run series world. In fact, short-run is the new black on TV: easier to promote, easier to make a big viewer impact. With Thornton, "Fargo" looks like it will be quite a wave indeed.
More details from FX:
"Thornton will play "Lorne Malvo," a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction. Thornton won the Academy Award for Outstanding Screenplay for Sling Blade, for which he also was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for A Simple Plan. He has four Golden Globe acting nominations for The Man Who Wasn’t There, A Simple Plan, Bandits, and Bad Santa. A 10-episode limited series inspired by the film, FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new “true crime” story, with the series following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic. Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Executive Producers are Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and Geyer Kosinski."