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October 14, 2013

'Breaking Bad' actor Bob Odenkirk signs up for 'Fargo' TV series

Kate Walsh, Oliver Platt and Glenn Howerton also join growing cast list

'Breaking Bad' actor Bob Odenkirk signs up for 'Fargo' TV series

Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk has joined the growing cast list for the Fargo TV series, it has been announced.

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia actor Glenn Howerton, Kate Walsh and Oliver Platt have also signed up to appear in FX television's adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's iconic 1996 film. Odenkirk, who played lawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, will play Deputy Police Officer Bill Olson alongside fellow policeman, Colin Hanks, in the show.

Last month, it was announced that Sherlock actor Martin Freeman had landed a role similar to the one played by William H Macy in the original film. Freeman will play play a a slightly hopeless local insurance salesman, henpecked by his wife, whose life is transformed when a mysterious and manipulative stranger arrives in town. Billy Bob Thornton will co-star as the intoxicating stranger in a role similar to the one first played by Steve Buscemi.

The TV series is inspired by the Coen Brothers' classic black comedy film, but will introduce new characters and revolve around a different crime story. Alongside Macy and Buscemi, the film also starred Frances McDormand, who won an Oscar for her role as a pregnant sheriff in the sleepy North Dakota town of Fargo.

Noah Hawley, a former writer-producer on Bones, is scripting the 10-part series in addition to serving as an executive producer. Joel and Ethan Coen are also on board as executive producers.

Shooting is due to start in Calgary, Canada this month (October) and the series will launch next spring (2014) on US cable network FX.

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