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'Breaking Bad' star Bob Odenkirk joins FX's 'Fargo'

6/13/2014
'Breaking Bad' star Bob Odenkirk joins FX's 'Fargo' © AP / Bob Odenkirk 'Breaking Bad' star Bob Odenkirk joins FX's 'Fargo'

By Tim Kenneally
TheWrap

"Breaking Bad" alum Bob Odenkirk has joined the cast of FX's "Fargo," as has "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Glenn Howerton.

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The cast will also include "Private Practice" alum Kate Walsh and Oliver Platt, as well as earlier announced cast members Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and "The Hobbit" star Martin Freeman.

The 10-episode limited series adaptation of the Coen Brothers' film will feature an all-new "true crime" story, following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and "Minnesota nice" that has made the film an enduring classic.

Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Freeman). Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety when he comes face-to-face with a killer.

Odenkirk, coming off his run as ethically shaky lawyer Saul Goodman on "Breaking Bad," will play Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman).

Platt ("The Big C") will portray Stavros Milos, billed as the Supermarket King of Minnesota. Walsh, meanwhile, is taking on the role of Gina Hess, a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys.

Glenn Howerton will play Don Chumph, an ambitious personal trainer.

Production on "Fargo" will begin in November in Calgary, Canada, for a 2014 premiere date.

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