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Colin Hanks signs up for 'Fargo' TV series

Tom Hanks' son will star alongside 'Sherlock' actor Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton

Colin Hanks signs up for 'Fargo' TV series

Colin Hanks is the latest actor to put his name to FX's Fargo TV series.

The Dexter actor, who is the son of Tom Hanks, will play the role of a police deputy in the televisual adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen's iconic 1996 film, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Last week, 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. In the meantime, Freeman be seen in season three of Sherlock, which is due to air on BBC One later this year.

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