The Sheriff of Rock County, Minn. will look a lot like “Cheers'” Sam Malone for the second season of “Fargo.” That’s because Ted Danson has been cast for the role as Hank Larsson.
A bunch of the cast for season two was announced. It includes Patrick Wilson as young Lou Solverson, whom is the son-in-law of Danson’s Larsson and the future Bemidji diner owner we met in season one. Jean Smart has been cast as Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of a Gerhardt crime family. According to a press release on the show’s official Facebook page “she’s stood by her husband’s side for 40 years, but now that he’s out of the picture she thinks it’s her turn to run things.”
Also, some of the plot was announced in the release: “The all new “true crime” case of Fargo’s new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer “Lou Solverson” (Wilson), recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, “Sheriff Hank Larsson” (Danson). The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes “Karl Weathers” (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. Three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will play “Joe Bulo,” the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate. The new face of corporate crime, Joe’s bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America. His number two is “Mike Milligan” (Bokeem Woodbine). Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling – but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch “Floyd Gerhardt” (Smart). With her husband at death’s door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, “Dodd Gerhardt” (Jeffrey Donovan). An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can’t wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. “Bear Gerhardt” (Angus Sampson) is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. “Rye Gerhardt” (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he’s just a small dog who barks big.”
The release also stated filming begins Jan. 19 and will air in the fall on FX. This is really sounding like it’s going to be pretty cool.