Noah Hawley has two massive hit shows on FX. The X-Men spin-off show Legion and Fargo, based on the popular Coen Brothers film of the same name. What’s great about Hawley is his quality as a writer. Both shows he has spoken about writing the shows season-by-season, having a conscientious awareness about the risk of extending a show past it’s valid length. It’s for this reason that both of these shows, of which Hawley is the showrunner on both, don’t premiere new seasons like clockwork. It’s delivering seasons as Hawley works on them with the best standard of writing in mind. In fact, Hawley was initially hesitant to do a fourth season of Fargo, but now he seems to have cracked a good story and now the lead actor has been chosen. An unlikely choice at that.
It was announced today that Chris Rock has scored the lead role in the upcoming fourth season of Fargo. Following the anthology nature of the first three seasons, this season will not be directly connected to the other ones and be set in a different era. While the first three seasons were set in 2006, 1979, and 2010, respectively, season 4 will be set in 1950.
The setting revolves around the end of two great American migrations which, historically, were the post-war Southern Europeans and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow. The story takes place in Kansas City, Missouri where two criminal syndicates (One Italian, one African American) have struck peace and together they control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft, and drugs. However, this is an uneasy peace, so to keep it the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons. That changes when the head of the Kansas City Italian mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. Rock is set to play the head of the African American crime family, the counterpart to the Italian mafia head who dies.
Behind-the-scenes, besides Noah Hawley returning as showrunner, Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and John Cameron will return as executive producers. However, don’t expect the new season for awhile as production isn’t expected to begin until late 2019. Therefore, no premiere date in the near future. Stay tuned!