Fargo featurette explains how Martin Freeman’s new show is different to the film

The TV spin-off is the "same place, same type of people… but new stuff happens," says Fargo's cast

The forthcoming Fargo TV series has raised many questions among fans of the original film. Namely: how is it similar / different? Well, Fox has released a new featurette to clear things up. 


Fargo, the 1996 Coen Brothers black comedy about murder in Minnesota, will be expanded by Fox into a spin-off that stars Martin Freeman and Billy-Bob Thornton as, respectively, insurance salesman Lester Nygaard and a drifter called Lorne Malvo. 

Thornton explains that, “It’s the kind of movie that lends itself to expanding. Same place, same type of people… new stuff happens.” Suggesting that the TV series will still maintain the unique tone of the film, but will carry on with an entirely new story. 

Executive producer Noah Hawley also explains that the hope was to create a “movie cast and not a television cast”, before going on to say that the goal is to create “10 hour movie.”

Freeman, meanwhile, says that he thinks “people will be surprised by it.” Judge for yourself below. 


Co-starring Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, Allison Tolman and Adam Goldberg, Fargo will air in the UK on Channel 4 later this year.