GOLDEN GLOBE(R)AWARD NOMINATED KIRSTEN DUNST AND
BREAKING BAD'S JESSE PLEMONS TAKE STARRING ROLES
IN THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF MGM TELELVISION AND FX PRODUCTION'S
EMMY(R) AND AFI AWARD WINNING ANTHOLOGY MINISERIES FRANCHISE "FARGO"
Emmy Award Winning Executive Producer and Writer Noah Hawley Returns as Showrunner
Along with Executive Producers Warren Littlefield and John Cameron
Production Begins in January with the 10-Episode Limited Series Slated to Premiere Fall 2015
LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2014 - Golden Globe nominated actress Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) and Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons have signed on to star in the second installment of MGM Television and FX Production's Emmy and Award winning miniseries franchise Fargo, it was announced today by Eric Schrier, President, Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions and Steve Stark President, Television Production & Development of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Production will begin in Calgary in January 2015 and the 10-episode anthology miniseries is slated to premiere next fall on FX.
Emmy Award winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley (showrunner/writer), Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron all return for the second installment. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions. MGM Television serves as worldwide distributor of the series.
Dunst will play "Peggy Blomquist," a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. She shares her home with her husband "Ed" (Plemons), a butcher's assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife's self-discovery, even if he doesn't quite understand it.
Dunst earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the 1994 feature film Interview with the Vampire and won the Best Actress Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Melancholia.
Her other numerous feature film credits include Bring It On, The Virgin Suicides, the Spider-Man franchise and, most recently, Two Faces of January. Dunst can next be seen in Warner Bros' Midnight Special (directed by Jeff Nichols). She is repped by United Talent Agency and Management 360.
Plemons is best known for his roles on AMC's critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad and NBC's award-winning series Friday Night Lights. He recently finished filming Scott Cooper's Black Mass and Stephen Frears' Untitled Cycling Film. Currently, Plemons can be seen in the Tommy Lee Jones-directed film, The Homesman. He is repped by TalentWorks and David Matlof.
Fargo's new chapter, which will unfold over the course of 10 episodes, will travel back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer "Lou Solverson" (yet to be cast), recently back from Vietnam, will tackle an all new "true crime" case. Solverson's wife, "Betsy," (yet to be cast) their four-year-old daughter, "Molly," (yet to be cast) and fellow officer, "Ben Schmidt," (yet to be cast) will also be featured in the new installment.
An adaptation of the classic Academy Award(R) winning feature film of the same title by Joel & Ethan Coen, FX's first installment of Fargo, which garnered universal critical acclaim, received an astounding 18 Emmy nominations - the second highest total of any program on television this year - and won three awards, including Outstanding Miniseries; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special (Colin Bucksey); and Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Rachel Tenner).
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of Fox Networks Group. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX, its newest channel, which debuted on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 95 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, Tyrant and The Strain; the critically-acclaimed miniseries' American Horror Story and Fargo and the upcoming miniseries American Crime Story; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Married and upcoming The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and Baskets. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award winning hit drama series' The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me and Damages. The network's library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management, In Living Color and Mike & Molly.
About FX Productions
FX Productions (FXP) produces FX's newest acclaimed hit drama series The Strain; the comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Married and You're the Worst; and the upcoming comedies Man Seeking Woman (Jan. 2015) and The Untitled Tracy Morgan Project (TBD). FXP co-produces the drama series Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The American and Tyrant; the miniseries Fargo, which scored 18 Emmy(R) Award nominations and won the Emmy award for Outstanding miniseries; and the upcoming comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. In 2014, FXP shows combined to deliver 28 Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Miniseries, and Outstanding Animated Program.
About MGM Television
MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles covering some of entertainment's premiere franchises including the James Bond franchise and "The Hobbit" trilogy. Current television projects include the hit series "Vikings," currently in production on its third season on HISTORY; the Emmy(R) winning limited series "Fargo," a co-production with FX Productions and "Teen Wolf," which just concluded its fourth season on MTV. In addition, MGM Television serves as the syndicator for "Right This Minute" and "Let's Ask America." Through its finance and distribution entity, Orion TV Productions' courtroom series "Lauren Lake's Paternity Court" is currently airing its second season. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.