- By AC Remler
Jon Hamm (Top Gun: Maverick), Juno Temple (Ted Lasso) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) will all join the cast of Fargo as lead characters for its 5th season premiering Nov. 21 on FX and streaming on Hulu.
This next 10-episode chapter of the hit anthology series is set in 2019 and focuses on two key themes: when is a kidnapping not a kidnapping, and what if your wife isn’t yours.
Hamm plays a character named Roy Tillman, a larger-than-life North Dakota sheriff who wears a belt buckle that reads, “A Hard Man for Hard Times”—which kind of sums him up. Temple is Dot Lyon, a weapon-toting housewife with a secret back story. Meanwhile Leigh portrays Lorraine Lyon, Dot’s mother-in-law, and an opinionated CEO of a $2 billion debt collection agency. The season follows murder investigations in midwestern towns with seemingly unrelated crimes, yet connected in some way, according to the network.
Fargo was created by Noah Hawley (The Unusuals) and based on the 1996 film of the same name by Joel and Ethan Coen (who also executive produce the show). The critically acclaimed series has a long pedigree of seasoned A-list actors featured in past seasons, including Chris Rock, Kirsten Dunst, Jean Smart, Billy Bob Thornton and Ewan McGregor.
The series, which was delayed amid Hollywood’s dual strikes, has garnered 55 Emmy nominations and six wins.
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