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Comedian Jim Gaffigan has officially signed on to join the cast of Fargo in its third season as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter revealed.
Season 3 of FX anthology Fargo is speculated to take place in 2010, following the events of the breakout drama’s freshman season. None of the cast from the show’s first season will return, but it there is still doubt surrounding the question if this upcoming season will tie into the events from the first.
Gaffigan is to play Donny Mashman, a police deputy who works alongside Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon). He joins an already impressive cast that also includes Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
This role, for Gaffigan, comes two months after his departure from TV Land comedy The Jim Gaffigan Show after two seasons. He and his wife, who were cowriters and executive producers of the series, left to focus on family and their five children.
McGregor will play the double roles of brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in his first TV series regular role. Gloria, a sensible woman, is the Edna Valley chief of police and a newly divorced mother. She struggles to understand the new world around her, in which people connect with their phones more easily than with other people
Winstead will star as Nikki Swango, a shrewd, attractive recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing, with a ranch for always being a step ahead of her opponents.
Gaffigan’s current projects include IFC Films/Showtime’s The Bleeder, Apex Entertainment’s Chappaquiddick, and his international Fully Dressed arena comedy tour. He’s repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Schreck Rose.
Production on the third season of Fargo is expected to begin later this year and for its debut on FX in 2017.