The Hobbit star Martin Freeman will take on William H. Macy's role in the Tv revamp of Coen Brothers movie Fargo.

The Brit will play Lester Nygaard in the 10-episode limited series inspired by the cult 1996 film, which earned MACy a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod.

Freeman joins Billy Bob Thornton among the cast for the Tv spin-off, set in Minnesota.

Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote, directed and produced the film, will executive produce the project.