Ted Danson among new cast for Fargo season 2

Watchmen's Patrick Wilson and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman are also among those joining Kirsten Dunst in the second run of the Coen Brothers-inspired series

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Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton may not be returning to Fargo, but it looks like a lot of other big names are jumping on board the FX series. It’s all very exciting.

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The second season of the Coen Brothers-inspired crime drama will be set decades earlier in 1973 and will tell the story of a younger Lou Solverson, with Watchmen’s Patrick Wilson taking on the role played in the first series by Keith Carradine. 

Cheers and CSI star Ted Danson has also signed up, as the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota, Hank Larsson, with Emmy award-winning actress Jean Smart playing a gangster’s moll who’s thinking of taking over the family business. 

Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Joe Bulo and Kieran Culkin round out the rest of the new additions to the cast, joining previously announced Jesse Plemons, Jeffrey Donovan and Spider-Man star Kirsten Dunst.

The first series of Fargo starred Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, and acted as something of a sequel to the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning film of the same name from 1996. This new series, however, will take place before either story and revolve around a turf war between the mob and a local crime gang.

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It’s sad to see the back of Freeman and Thornton, and the next series is a long way off, but do these new announcements make us excited? Well…