Ted Danson is going from crime scene investigation expert to small town sheriff after signing on to star in the second season of the Fargo TV adaptation.
Last month, Kirsten Dunst was cast in a leading role as a beautician in season two, opposite former Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons, who will play her husband.
Now producers have revealed CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star Danson and the Watchmen‘s Patrick Wilson will also take on major parts, with the Cheers veteran playing Hank Larsson, the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota and Wilson portraying his son-in-law, former Vietnam War veteran and State Police Officer Lou Solverson.
The upcoming 10-episode season will be set in 1979 and serve as a back story for Solverson, the character 65-year-old Keith Carradine portrayed in season one.
Frasier’s Jean Smart, Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin and Jeffrey Donovan will also be among the new Fargo cast.
Screenwriter Noah Hawley will return to pen the second season and executive produce with Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote and directed the hit 1996 film the series is adapted from.
Production is due to begin in Calgary, Canada later this month.
The acclaimed first season featured Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman.