I’ve been somewhat skeptical of the decision to create a spinoff from the movie Fargo ever since I first heard the tentative plans for the ten episode miniseries. My feelings haven’t really changed, after all it does beg the question ‘why?’, but with the Coen Brother’s overseeing the production, and with two strong actors leading the piece (Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton) there is every chance that this could be a really good piece of television. It feels unnecessary sure, but as it is going ahead then I think the situation could be looking far worse than it currently is.
Freeman is going to be playing an insurance salesman, pretty much the William H Macy role, who gets caught up in dangerous events surrounding Thornton’s Buscemi style role. The series is supposed to be staying very true to the original film and so I think it is safe to say that Freeman’s character will be very similar to Macy’s, which is a good thing as it plays to his strengths – an everyday man who is thrust headfirst into crazy circumstances, and his fantastic comedic timing is ideal too.
So what are your thoughts on Freeman’s casting? What about the series in general? Are you worried about whether we will use that Minnesota dialect? Let me know in the comment box below!