×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins ‘Fargo’ Season 3

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined the cast of “Fargo” Season 3, Variety has learned.

She joins previously announced stars Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the critically-acclaimed FX anthology.

Winstead will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.

McGregor will play two roles: brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Coon will play Gloria Burgle, the chief of the Eden Valley police.

Created by Noah Hawley — who serves showrunner, director, writer and exec producer — “Fargo” is nominated for 18 Emmys for its second season. It already won two Emmys at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, and heads into this Sunday’s ceremony with a slew of major nods.

Hawley exec producers “Fargo” with the Coen brothers, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron. Fargo hails from MGM Television and FX Productions with MGM serving as the lead studio.

Winstead, who most recently starred on J.J. Abrams’ “10 Cloverfield Lane,” is coming off of this summer’s CBS series “BrainDead” from Robert and Michelle King, creators of “The Good Wife.” Though the fate of that show has not been determined yet, the Kings recently announced they’ll be showrunners on CBS All Access’ “Good Wife” spinoff — and now with Winstead moving to “Fargo,” the future of “BrainDead,” which struggled to find an audience this summer, seems evident.

Winstead is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

More TV

  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA

    TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished [...]

  • Jussie Smollett The Black AIDS Insitute

    Jussie Smollett Case: Two Suspects Released Without Charges as New Evidence Emerges

    After two days of questioning, the Chicago Police Department announced Friday evening that it has released two suspects in the Jussie Smollett case without filing charges. On Friday evening, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives had developed new information through the interviews. “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals [...]

  • GOTHAM: L-R: Guest star Cameron Monaghan

    TV News Roundup: Fox Drops 'Gotham' Final Season Trailer (Watch)

    In today’s TV news roundup, Fox released a new trailer for an upcoming episode of “Gotham” and Disney has announced the cast for its upcoming “High School Musical” series.  FIRST LOOKS Showtime released a new trailer and the official poster for the upcoming fourth season of “Billions,” premiering March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In [...]

  • Chris Rock

    Chris Rock to Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot at NBC

    Chris Rock has come onboard to direct the NBC single-cam comedy pilot “Saving Kenan,” Variety has learned. Rock will also executive produce the pilot, which stars “SNL” mainstay Kenan Thompson. Thompson will play a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives [...]

  • Peak TV Saturation TV Placeholder

    Apollo Global Management Buys Majority Stake in Cox TV Stations

    Private equity giant Apollo Global Management has cut a deal with Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises to buy a majority stake in Cox’s 13 TV stations as well as three newspapers and a handful of radio stations in Ohio. Apollo has been in the hunt for broadcast TV stations for some time. Cox’s station group, which includes [...]

  • Ken Jeong TV Take Podcast

    Listen: Ken Jeong on His Return to Stand-Up and New Netflix Special

    Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Ken Jeong about his Netflix comedy special, “Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho,” and being a judge on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.“ Jeong started working on his new standup act after ABC canceled his show “Dr. [...]

  • "Brother" -- Episode 201-- Pictured (l-r):

    CBS Interactive's Marc DeBevoise on Streaming Boom, Content Strategy, and Apple

    Not everyone wants or needs to be Netflix to succeed in the streaming space. And not everyone sees Apple’s enigmatic new service as a threat. Even as rival streaming services offer gobs of content, CBS Interactive’s president and COO Marc DeBevoise sees the company’s targeted original programming strategy continuing to attract viewers to its All [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content