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FX’s ‘Fargo’ TV Series Adds Colin Hanks

FX Fargo TV Series Colin Hanks
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Tom Hanks is certainly having himself a fine week with all the glowingCaptain Phillips‘ reviews, but his kid isn’t doing too bad for himself, either. ‘NCIS‘ star and ‘Dexter‘ bane Colin Hanks will join Billy Bob Thornton and ‘The Hobbit‘ star Martin Freeman in FX’s limited series adaptation of ‘Fargo,’ but will Hanks’ role at all correspond with the famous Coen brothers film?

Where Thornton’s role as con man Lorne Malvo seemed to coincide with several of the criminal elements of the original film, and ‘Sherlock”s Martin Freeman as the henpecked salesman type, Hanks’ role might prove the most original yet. Via Deadline, the Hollywood A-lister offspring will take the ‘Fargo’ role of Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single father who finds himself faced with a choice between his own personal safety and his police duties as he comes face-to-face with a killer.

FX’s Coen brothers-produced ‘Fargo’ will follow an all-new “true crime” story featuring new characters and the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic. FX President John Landgraf previously told us that the series will have a young female deputy character somewhat in line with Frances McDormand’s leading role in the original, while the characters from the first 10 episodes wouldn’t carry over to a potential second season, should the network order one.

The original ‘Fargo’ told the story of pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson, tasked with traversing the snow-filled landscapes of Minnesota to solve a series of murders linked to the dirty dealings of an inept car salesman (Macy), as things slowly spiraled out of control. The film also featured ‘Boardwalk Empire”s Steve Buscemi, while McDormand won the Oscar for Best Actress, as did Joel and Ethan Coen for original screenplay.

What say you? Does FX’s ‘Fargo’ TV series rank among the movie-adapted TV shows to watch, now that Hanks has joined the cast, or will the story spiral worse than ‘Dexter’ season 6? Watch the original ‘Fargo’ trailer below, and give us your thoughts in the comments!

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