We got our first bit of Fargo season 3 casting news recently when it was announced Ewan McGregor will play two roles on the show — those of real estate mogul Emmit Stussy and his younger cop brother Ray. And when showrunner Noah Hawley stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) on Tuesday, he confirmed that a sibling rivalry between the two will play a major role in the next installment of the anthology series.
“Yeah, I think that’s a safe assumption,” says Hawley. “The fun thing with the show is that for whatever reason I had to figure out how to tell what purports to be a Coen brothers story, and it always tends to start with a catalyst. The first year was two men in an emergency room, the second year was a woman driving home with a man stuck in the windshield of her car, and this year it starts with these two brothers.”
Hawley went on to explain: “There is an old wound between them that sort of gets reopened and re-litigated, and that rivalry becomes contentious and that sort of puts all the events in motion. The fun soup of it is you have to have enough moving parts that everything is on a collision course, but which parts are going to collide? There’s this element of randomness to it, which I think adds to the truthiness of our fake true story. So, it starts with Ewan and Ewan as brothers. It’s not as big character-wise a story as the second year, but I’m really excited about it.”
While the family dynamics of the Stussy family appear to be taking center stage for season 3, a lot of fans want to know if we might be seeing any Solversons (Molly! Lou! Both!) when the show picks back up in the year 2010. “I don’t know if we’re going to see any,” replies Hawley. “We might drive by a couple on the road. What’s fun about the show is that it always connects in some way, either to the movie or to one of our other seasons and I like that those connections are sometimes very literal like with the backstory of Lou Solverson, and sometimes they’re more tangential.”
To hear more from Hawley about season 3 of Fargo and his new star playing dual roles, listen to the SoundCloud link above.