Colin Hanks has booked a trip to "Fargo", an FX limited series based on the Coen brothers' 1996 crime film. The "Orange County" actor is cast as Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer.
The upcoming 10-episode drama 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.
Billy Bob Thornton is cast as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction. "Sherlock" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" star Martin Freeman will play Lester Nygaard, the insurance salesman henpecked by his wife whose life is changed when he meets Lorne.
Noah Hawley will write the script for "Fargo", in addition to serving as executive producer along with Joel & Ethan Coen, who wrote, directed and produced the feature film, Warren Littlefield and Geyer Kosinski. Production is scheduled to begin in October in Canada for a spring 2014 premiere.
Hanks' TV credits include a recurring role on "Dexter" season 6 as Travis Marshall, and a guest-starring gig on "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service". The Henry Jones of HBO's miniseries "Band of Brothers" will grace the big screen through a JFK assassination movie, "Parkland", produced by his father Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.