Martin Freeman unveils American accent in new Fargo trailer

The Sherlock actor goes Minnesotan as Lester Nygaard in the latest footage from the US remake of the Coen Brothers' 1996 classic

Is it just us or is it weird hearing Martin Freeman talk with an American accent? The man we’ve come to know and love for his straight-laced British characters – Tim Canterbury, John Watson, er, Bilbo Baggins…? – takes on his first US television role in Fargo, inspired by the Coen Brothers’ acclaimed 1996 film. 


His character, Lester Nygaard, hails from Minnesota and – like Gracepoint star David Tennant – Freeman has been diligently working on his US accent. Here, for the first time, are the fruits of his labour as, bloodied and bruised, he takes some terrible advice from Billy Bob Thornton’s Lorne Malvo in the latest trailer to appear online…

But to really rate Freeman’s performance against the original, you’d have to check out William H. Macy as Lester in the 1996 version:

Who does it better? We’ll have to wait until April to deliver our full report out when Fargo – also starring Bob Odenkirk and Kate Walsh – comes exclusively to Channel 4.