The upcoming third season of Fargo is taking a unique approach to the idea of having a lead actor. The award-winning anthology series will reportedly feature Star Wars and Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor as not one, but two of the season’s main characters.
A new report suggests that McGregor will play a pair of brothers with very different perspectives on life and the hands they’ve been dealt. The season will be set in 2010, four years after the events of the first season.
According to Entertainment Weekly, McGregor will play the brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. The description of the characters and their relationship reads as follows:
Emmit Stussy is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man, Emmit sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, Ray Stussy, on the other hand is more of a cautionary tale. Balding, pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes.
Along with McGregor in the lead roles, the new season is also rumored to feature a returning character from the first season, but exactly which character remains unknown.
The Fargo series will be McGregor’s first regular television role. The third season of the series is expected to begin filming later this year, with a premiere date sometime in 2017.