Anticipation is high for Fargo season four, which looks set to tell another unusual crime story with a typically stellar cast, including Chris Rock in a rare dramatic role.
The stand-up comedian plays Loy Cannon, the boss of an African American crime syndicate operating in Kansas City, and claims it’s the best role he has ever been given.
The plot this season revolves around an uneasy truce behind Cannon’s organisation and their rival Italian gang, brokered by the exchange of each family’s youngest son.
If previous years of Fargo are anything to go by, chaos will follow as unforeseen ramifications emerge and take the characters in surprising directions.
The cast also includes Jessie Buckley, Timothy Olyphant, Jack Huston and Ben Whishaw, the latter of whom is playing a Rabbi who appears to be connected to a memorable season two villain.
Filming on the new series was halted back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving two episodes unfinished and a premiere date uncertain.
Fortunately, the cast and crew were able to reunite in Chicago in the summertime, finally wrapping filming in early September and allowing FX to pencil it into their schedule.
FX Networks and FX Productions chairman John Landgraf spoke about how they accomplished the impressive feat of completing an ambitious drama under pandemic conditions (via Deadline).
He explained: “This involves repeated testing, contact tracing and isolation, sometimes quarantining for periods of time, and isolating as many segments of the crew from each other, so if there is some infection among the crew, it doesn’t spread.
“This involves putting certainly the actors, and everyone who comes in contact with them, inside a rigorously-controlled bubble as we possibly can. There’s also extensive use of social distancing and medical consultation.”
As for what the future holds, showrunner Noah Hawley says he isn’t ruling out a fifth season of the hit crime drama, but it relies entirely on him landing upon a strong enough idea.
Here’s all your essential information on Fargo season four.
When is Fargo season 4 on TV?
CONFIRMED: Fargo season four will premiere in the US on Sunday 27th September 2020 on FX.
The series had initially been intended to air back in April, but was not able to complete filming before the coronavirus pandemic demanded production be halted.
Fargo season four plans to finish production in Chicago in August.
In the UK, the last three seasons have aired on Channel 4, but it is yet to be confirmed whether Fargo will return there this year. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
What is Fargo season 4 about?
The fourth season of Fargo moves to the midwestern Kansas City. There we find Loy Cannon, the head of an African-American crime family which establishes a shaky truce with the rival Italian mob.
As a show of good will, the two families trade sons but this ends up being the spark that sets off an unexpected chain of events. If previous seasons of Fargo are anything to go by, expect backstabbing, tension and of course, murder!
“It’s the biggest Fargo,” Rock told Entertainment Weekly. “The scale is tremendous. Fargo normally tells little stories that get out of hand. They’re about ordinary people, something happens, and then we get to see how evil ordinary people can be. This is quite different. We start off gangsters, so we’re beginning with bad people, and then it escalates.”
When is Fargo season 4 set?
Fargo season four is set in 1950, making it the earliest addition to the show’s chronological timeline yet.
The first season was set in 2006, while the second travelled back to 1979 to tell a story about the original protagonist’s father in his younger years.
Season three was generally less connected with the first two, taking us to a more contemporary setting between 2010 and 2011, with Ewan McGregor playing twins.
Season four may be separated from the others by a significant time period, but it isn’t without ties to Noah Hawley’s previous stories; Ben Whishaw’s character is one that longtime viewers should keep a close eye on.
Who is in the cast of Fargo season 4?
American actor and comedian Chris Rock is in the lead role this time, playing crime boss Loy Cannon who finds himself in an unstable alliance with the Italian mob.
As it announced the show’s revised premiere date, FX released a brand new image of Rock to its official Twitter page, showing his crime lord standing in front of an eerie blurred figure in the background.
— FX Networks (@FXNetworks) August 10, 2020
Rock told Entertainment Weekly (somewhat pessimistically): “This is the best part I’ve ever done and, honestly, probably the best part I’ll ever have. That’s how it works.”
Also in the cast this time around are Italian actor Francesco Acquaroli (Suburra: Blood on Rome), Ben Whishaw, voice of Paddington bear and the Q to Daniel Craig’s 007, and Timothy Olyphant (Justified).
Other actors boarding the series include Jack Huston (The Irishman), Jason Schwartzman (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose), Salvatore Esposito (Gomorrah), Jeremie Harris (Legion), Amber Midthunder (Legion) and musician Andrew Bird.
Is there a trailer?
Yes, the trailer for Fargo season four is embedded below:
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