Bob Odenkirk joins FX's 'Fargo'

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Need a Minnesota deputy? Better call Bob!

Comic-actor Bob Odenkirk has signed on to FX’s series version of the Coen Brothers film Fargo.

He’ll play Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman.

FX also announced Friday that Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton are also joining the cast. Platt (The Big C) will play “the Supermarket King of Minnesota,” Kate Walsh (Private Practice) will play a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys, and Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will portray an ambitious personal trainer.

They’re joining a pretty stellar lineup of actors on this 10-episode limited series, which is headlined by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks. Fargo is loosely inspired by the 1996 indie classic film, but will feature a new story and different characters.

For Odenkirk, this is the latest of several new TV gigs for the Breaking Bad fan favorite. There’s the Breaking Bad spin-off in the works, Better Call Saul, and he’s got his new IFC sketch comedy series, The Birthday Boys.


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