Martin Freeman is a man in demand. He's recently completed shooting on the third series of much-loved British detective drama Sherlock, plus he's got another Hobbit film hitting cinemas this December. His next role will see him enter unchartered territory, taking on US TV in FX's reboot of the Coen brothers' 1996 film Fargo.
The 10-episode series, inspired by the Oscar-nominated flick, will see the Sherlock star play Lester Nygaard, the uninspired insurance salesman originally portrayed by William H Macy, who received a nod from the Academy for his efforts. Lester's seen better days and is struggling to put up with his nagging wife when a mysterious stranger comes to town and changes his life forever.
The rootless, manipulative newcomer, Lorne Malvo, will be portrayed by yet another Oscar-winner, Billy Bob Thornton, whose character soon sets Lester on a path towards destruction. The updated series will follow an "all-new 'true crime' story with a new case and characters, all seeped in the humour, murder and 'Minnesota nice' of the original," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Noah Hawley (My Generation) will write and executive produce the project, with Joel and Ethan Coen also among the exec-producing team. Emmy-winning Adam Bernstein (30 Rock) is on board to direct the first episode, with production set to begin in October in Calgary and Canada in time for a spring 2014 premiere.