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The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]


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New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences a first taste of the adaptation of the Coen Brothers famed 1996 dark comedy. Starring Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') and Billy Bob Thornton ('Armageddon'), the new show has been developed by Noah Hawley ('Bones') but has received the blessing of Joel and Ethan Coen, who are acting as executive producers.

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British Star Martin Freeman Adopts A Minnesotan Drawl For His 'Fargo' Character.

With plenty of black humour and often shockingly overblown violence, the show has been described by Hawley as more like ''a ten hour movie'', than a traditional series. Set in snowy Minnesota, Fargo is a furtherance of the '90s crime classic and has already been tipped by some as the next Breaking Bad in terms of its must-watch factor. Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele all take supporting roles in the show.

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Martin Freeman Cast In Lead Role For TV-Version Of 'Fargo'


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Martin Freeman will take on the central role in the upcoming TV adaption of the Coen Brothers 1996 Oscar-nominated film Fargo. The Hobbit star has been handed the role of Lester Nygaard, who was originally portrayed by William H. Macy, in the 10-episode limited series based on by the cult 1996 film.

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Freeman will take on William H. Macy's role

Freeman is the latest main character to be cast in the series, with Billy Bob Thornton already lined up to star in the television spin-off to portray a completely new character. The series, which will be set in Minnesota and follow a different premise to the original 1996 film, will supposedly feature an completely different "real crime" story, with Nygaard this time being a hapless insurance salesman who is manipulated by the passing stranger Lorne Malvo (Thornton). Throughout the series, Malvo will sink his teeth into Freeman's character and enlist him to carry out illegal, money-spinning ploys on his behalf.

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