Colin Hanks, who is probably still on is quest to get into Stanford, has been cast in FX’s upcoming television adaptation, “Fargo.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hanks has joined the cast in one of the main law enforcement officer roles.
Hanks will play Gus Grimly, a police deputy and single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer. He joins a cast top-lined by Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, who will portray the Steve Buscemi role of Lorne Malvo, the rootless, manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman (played in FX’s take by Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman) and sets him on a path of destruction.
“Fargo” is based on the Coen brothers’ 1996 best picture nominee and will follow an all-new “true crime” story with a new case and characters all seeped in the humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” of the original. Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as executive producers of the series.
The series will have a limited run of 10 episodes. Production on the effort from MGM Television and FX Productions is set to begin in October, for a spring 2014 premiere. MGM Television will be the lead studio and will handle worldwide distribution of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada.