BEVERLY HILLS -- Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star in "Fargo," an FX limited series inspired by the 1996 film.
"Fargo," which begins production in the fall, presents an all-new crime story and will feature no characters from the film. Thornton will play Lorne Malvo, a "rootless, manipulative" man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction. The character is in the same vein as the one Steve Buscemi played in the award-winning film.
"I think people are going to be entranced with that show," FX president and general manager John Landgraf told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. "It's really it's own thing but also true to the spirit of the original."
"Fargo" will be executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, the brains behind the film. It will run for 10 episodes and will most likely air next spring.