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Billy Bob Thornton to take lead role in belated spinoff from 1996 film in directors' first foray into TV

In 1996, Frances McDormand won an Oscar for her performance as Marge, a heavily pregnant cop battling bumbling criminals in snowy Minnesota. The film was Fargo, directed by the Coen brothers, and 17 years on it has been announced that Billy Bob Thornton will take the lead part in a belated TV spinoff. Thornton, 57, will play a new character, Lorne, described as "a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction".

This central casting was one of a series of details unveiled about the 10-part show, which will shoot in Canada this year before screening in the Us next spring on the FX channel. John Landgraf, the head of the network, said that although there was no crossover with the original, the series would be »

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