Wilson will star as Lou Solverson, who is described as a young, clean-cut Minnesota State Patrolman, four years back from Vietnam, where he served in the Navy. Danson will play Hank Larsson, Lou’s father-in-law and the sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota. Smart will play Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family, in the new episodes, which are set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota. Together, Lou and Hank will investigate a case involving a local crime gang and a major mob syndicate.
The three actors join Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, who were previously announced as cast members for the 10-episode second season. “Fargo” racked up five Golden Globe nominations for its debut installment, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman.
Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan and Angus Sampson will all appear in recurring roles.
Showrunner-writer Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, John Cameron, Joel and Ethan Coen all return as exec producers for the second installment. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.
Production will begin in Calgary on January 19.
Wilson is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content; Danson by WME and Industry Entertainment; and Smart by WME and Untitled Entertainment.