Chris Rock To Join Fargo Season 4

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If you’re a fan of FX’s critically acclaimed Fargo TV series, you’ll be pleased to know it’s heading back to our screens, with Chris Rock taking on a lead role as the head of an African American crime family.

The multi award winning anthology series is headed up by Noah Hawley, and was inspired by the Coen Brothers’ film of the same name. It’s seen viewers hooked through three brilliant, quirky seasons of ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary situations, often way over their heads. The cast has included Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Ewan McGregor and Kirsten Dunst.

Rock has said, “I’m a fan of Fargo, and I can’t wait to work with Noah.”

The series so far, like the film, was set in Minnesota. But the new season will see some changes. It will be starting out in Kansas City, Missouri, and is set in the early 1950s, much further back in time than previous seasons.

The storyline follows two crime families, one Italian, the other African American. The story synopsis runs as follows:

“In 1956 at the end of two great American migrations – that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York and Chicago, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to these same cities – you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream.

“In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy – that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.

“Chris Rock plays the head of one family, a man who – in order to prosper – has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his enemy’s son as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes.”

No further casting details have come out, nor has a precise release date, but production is due to start early 2019 with a release planned for the same year.

Carolyn Hucker