Fargo Season 2 Adds Patrick Wilson, Jean Smart and Ted Danson

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FX announced three new additions today to the stellar and growing cast of Fargo Season 2, which will focus on an investigation into a crime gang in Luverne, Minnesota, in 1979.

Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson and Jean Smart join the already announced Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemmons, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Donovan and Kieran Culkin.

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Golden Globe nominee Wilson will take the lead as Lou Solverson, a role played in Fargo Season 1 by Keith Carradine. Lou is a "clean cut Minnesota State Patrolman" who returned from Vietnam four years prior. He's described as humble, confident and a devoted family man. His wife, Betsy, and four-year-old daughter have yet to be cast.

Emmy Award winner Danson will be Hank Larsson, Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota and Lou's father in law. He's an "unflappable" WWII veteran with a certain type of cowboy poetry about him.

Emmy Award winner Smart joins as the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family, Floyd. Floyd allowed her husband of 40 years to take the reins of the family business, but now she feels it's her turn to be in charge. 

Donovan and Culkin play two of Gerhardt's sons and Offerman plays the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota.

As we previously reported, Plemmons and Dunst will play husband and wife Ed and Peggy Blomquist, a small town assistant butcher standing by his beautician wife as she tries to find her identity.

Fargo will begin filming in Calgary, Canada on January 19 and will air on FX in the fall.

If you failed to catch the first part of the anthology series, you can watch Fargo online via TV Fanatic.

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Gus: Lorne Malvo.
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Chief: Aww. Heck. It's Sam Hess.
Cop: Who owns the trucking company?
Chief: With the two boys both dumb as a dog's foot