‘Fargo’ Season 2 Elects Bruce Campbell to Play Ronald Reagan
Fargo Season 2 has kept quiet of late since its most recent additions, but its newest cast member is just plain groovy. Following news that Ronald Reagan himself would take a stroll through FX’s Fargo in Season 2, Ash vs. Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell has been elected to parade his chin as the Gipper himself.
Per TVLine, Campbell will only appear in one installment of the FX Emmy-winner, as a pre-Presidential Reagan blowing through town on his first campaign trail toward the Oval Office. Campbell’s Reagan will have at least some interaction with the show’s cast as well, though whether that includes former Burn Notice co-star Jeffrey Donovan remains to be seen.
In the meantime, here’s how FX describes the cast and plot of the new season, which features the talents of Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Parks and Rec favorite Nick Offerman, Ted Danson, How I Met Your Mother alum Cristin Milioti, Frasier star Jean Smart, Jeffrey Donovan, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, and Angus Sampson:
The all new “true crime” case of Fargo’s new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer “Lou Solverson” (Wilson), recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, “Sheriff Hank Larsson” (Danson). The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes “Karl Weathers” (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. Three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will play “Joe Bulo,” the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate. The new face of corporate crime, Joe’s bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America. His number two is “Mike Milligan” (Bokeem Woodbine). Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling – but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch “Floyd Gerhardt” (Smart). With her husband at death’s door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, “Dodd Gerhardt” (Jeffrey Donovan). An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can’t wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. “Bear Gerhardt” (Angus Sampson) is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. “Rye Gerhardt” (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he’s just a small dog who barks big.
Elsewhere, we know the 1979-set Fargo Season 2 will also factor in the character of eventual Duluth police lieutenant Ben Schmidt, while creator Noah Hawley claims the Coen brothers’ influences of the new season can be found in the original Fargo, as well as Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There. The more comedic tone of the new season is also expected to explore early issues of feminism.
Season 2 production has already gotten underway, but who else might pop up when FX debuts Fargo Season 2 later this year?