Bringing to life such famed characters as 'The Hobbit''s Bilbo Baggins and 'Sherlock''s John Watson just doesn't seem to be enough for UK star Martin Freeman. The original 'Office' star has set his sights on a leading role in FX's forthcoming 'Fargo' adaptation opposite Billy Bob Thornton, in a role that should sound awfully familiar to fans of the Coen brothers classic.
Billy Bob Thornton
The ensemble melodrama in the face of tragedy has long been a favorite of Oscar voters. Think 'Crash,' think 'JFK.' Meaty parts for actors, real drama. 'Parkland' is the latest, which focuses on the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and has assembled Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton (among others) to document one of America's darkest moments.
FX's forthcoming 'Fargo' TV series has remained something of a mystery to us, don't cha know, given that we'd known the 10-part limited series won't actually follow the events of the film. However the new version shakes out, we at least have a clearer picture of the series' new leading star, none other than Billy Bob Thornton!
So if Billy Bob doesn't end up in or around a wood chipper, what can we expect from FX's latest adaptation?
'The Baytown Outlaws' trailer recently hit the web, and, to us, it looks a bit like a redneck version of 'Smokin' Aces.' You've got an eclectic cast playing an assortment of bizarre, quirky killers all after the same thing, and about two million rounds of ammo are co-starring.
Oh, and Eva Longoria looking hot, and Billy Bob Thornton looking like, well, Billy Bob Thornton, and they're trying to murder one another.
Though 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' isn't the first time Billy Bob Thornton has dipped his feet in the director's pool (he helmed 'Sling Blade' back in 1996, and 'All the Pretty Horses' in 2000), it's been over a decade since he's been behind the director's chair, and now there's a trailer for his latest film.