Today, we got some news related to Fargo season 4 that we certainly did not see coming — and it has nothing to do with the renewal. That in so many ways was a given.
Instead, the news that is catching us off guard is the news that Chris Rock is actually going to be appearing on the FX series in the lead role this time. This marks the first time that the series has had an African-American lead, and beyond that we’re talking about someone known primarily for comedy. This is the riskiest casting the series has ever done, but we suppose after three seasons, they feel a bit more comfortable taking risks.
Take a look at some additional details via FX’s press release today:
In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream.
In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.
Chris Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son’s enemy as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes.
It’s a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.
Rock’s character and the story itself certainly seem to be appealing, especially since this is a very different story that you have seen so far. Yet, one of the things that we are left to wonder here is whether or not this is a season that is going to be set around Fargo / the surrounding area given that it isn’t mentioned here.
Ultimately, we give writer Noah Hawley the benefit of the doubt, especially since the idea here seems to be to reference the present by telling a complicated story in the past.
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