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Fargo casts 10 Cloverfield Lane star in major role

Mary Elizabeth Winstead cast as a crafty bridge-playing ex-con

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Fargo has cast another acclaimed actor for season 3.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has joined previously announced stars Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the next edition of the acclaimed series.

Winstead will play “Nikki Swango,” a “crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.”

Oh Fargo, if you didn’t have us already, casting Winstead as a bridge-playing ex-con sealed the deal.

As previously announced, Fargo season 3 takes place in 2010 — a few years after the events in the first season and a few decades after season 2. McGregor will play brothers “Emmit and Ray Stussy” at the center of the story. Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, is a handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man who sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, Ray, is a cautionary tale — balding and pot-bellied, Ray peaked in high school and is now a parole officer. Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes. Coon will play “Gloria Burgle,” the chief of the Eden Valley Police, and a newly divorced mother, who is struggling to understand this new world around her where people connect more intimately with their phones than the people right in front of them.

Fargo season 2 received 18 Emmy nominations and won two in the recent Creative Arts ceremony. The next season is expected to premiere in the spring of 2017. 

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