Fargo‘s impressive season 2 ensemble cast has just added another notable name: EW has exclusively learned that actor-director Adam Arkin has signed on to play a mob boss in the series.
Arkin’s character is Hamish Broker. He’s officially described as a “mid-level manager in the Kansas City crime syndicate” (but is likely the highest-ranking member of the crime organization that we’ll actually see).
Arkin has also committed to directing the next season’s penultimate episode and its season finale, i.e. episodes 9 and 10.
Originally, Arkin was only supposed to serve as a director on the Emmy-winning series. But after preparing his episodes with Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, the writer-producer asked Arkin to play Broker as well. Recently, Arkin directed the series finale of another FX show, Justified, and has previously had acting and directing duties on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
Fargo season 2 also stars Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Brad Garrett, Jean Smart, Michael Hogan, Jeffrey Donovan and Ted Danson. The second season of the crime anthology series is set in 1979 and tells the story of a large crime syndicate (headed by Arkin and Garrett) looking to move into the North Dakota territory controlled by a local crime family (which include Hogan, Smart and Donovan)—as well as a modest local couple (Dunst and Plemons) caught in the middle. Fargo returns this fall.