Fargo is making some big announcements.  The FX neo-noir series, based on the Coen Brothers 1996 film, is bringing actor-comedian Chris Rock on to star in season 4.  It is also breaking tradition and leaving Minnesota entirely.  

Fargo is moving to Kansas City, Missouri.  So, it’s likely that we won’t get to see Chris Rock take on the Minnesota accent.  Entertainment Weekly reported, Saturday.  

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And, in another break from its own habits, the show, which is notoriously secretive when preparing for its next season, released a very detailed description of where they’re going with season 4.  It seems that this is such a departure from what we’re used to (including a much bigger time jump) that creator Noah Hawley felt the need to let us in on the action.  Here’s the description: 

“In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those 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 son’s enemy as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes. It’s a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.”

This sounds pretty awesome to me.  Hawley has the tone of Fargo down to a science, so the upper midwestern accent isn’t necessary to hold the Fargo flame.  Though taken from the past, this story line is very relevant in so many ways.  And, in this fan’s opinion, Hawley hasn’t made a misstep yet.  Bring it on.  

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Rock is the only announced cast, but you can bet that more announcements will shortly follow.  

What do you think of the shift?



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