U.K.'s Channel 4 Picks Up 'Fargo'

Billy Bob Thornton, above, Martin Freeman star in FX series

LONDON — Channel 4 has acquired the U.K. premiere broadcast rights to “Fargo,” the 10-part television series inspired by the Coen brothers’ film. It will air in the spring.

The series is an original adaptation by scribe Noah Hawley (“Bones,” “The Unusuals”), and is exec produced by Hawley, Warren Littlefield (“My Generation”), Joel and Ethan Coen, and Geyer Kosinski.

It is produced by MGM Television and FX Prods., with MGM serving as international distributor of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada. The series premieres in the U.S. on FX in April, and will air shortly after on Channel 4 in the U.K.

“Fargo” will follow a fresh crime and new characters, all entrenched in the dark humor and “Minnesota nice” that made the film a cult hit.

It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”).

Colin Hanks (“Dexter,” “Parkland”) plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a police officer when he comes face-to-face with a killer.

The cast is rounded out by Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”), who plays Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman (“Sordid Lives”). Oliver Platt (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Big C”) plays Stavros Milos, the Supermarket King of Minnesota.

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