As FX gears up for the next chapter of its hit show Fargo, the network has announced that actor and comedian Chris Rock will be joining the cast for season 4 of the series.
The new season of the critically acclaimed show will be set in Kansas City during the 1950s, against the back drop of the two great American migrations -- when Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, and African-Americans escaping the Jim Crow South, all converged in Northern cities like New York and Chicago.
Rock is slated to play an African-American crime boss who swaps sons with his Italian mafia counterpart in an effort to foster peace between their two factions. Things take a turn when the Italian mob boss dies during a routine surgery, but FX is keeping a lid on what happens after that.
In a press release, FX described the season 4 plot as "a story of immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money."
A self described fan of the show, Rock says he's excited to work with Fargo showrunner and creator Noah Hawley.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2019,m with the season premiering later in the year.
Fans were intrigued by the season 4 plot, and excited to hear Rock would be joining the cast.
i was quite literally daydreaming about what S4 of FARGO could be today and this is better than anything else i could've imagined— Tony Rydinger #AbolishICE (@jkread3) August 3, 2018
This sounds pretty awesome. If it’s anything like the previous seasons, it will be.— Judy Vallas (@jlvallas) August 4, 2018
Though some were shaking their heads about the story's "not Fargo" location in the new season.
fun fact: Kansas City is nowhere near Fargo 🤷♂️— Compostable Plastic Knower Abouter ™ (@MetaAdamJohnson) August 3, 2018
If it's set in Kansas City, shouldn't it be called Kansas City instead of Fargo? What am I missing?— Winston Smith 🏳️🌈 (@Ikea_Monkey_89) August 3, 2018
as a Minnesota resident, I can't help but feel betrayed :)— Compostable Plastic Knower Abouter ™ (@MetaAdamJohnson) August 3, 2018
also, they better still do the accents, since they technically never made sense even in Minneapolis
I do not think it really matters. As long as it embodies the spirit of Fargo. Plus season 3 was in Montana, so who cares?— Sheryl (@sherannwood) August 3, 2018
But for most, it didn't seem to matter as eager fans have already begun to theorize about the new season's plot.
I wonder if his character will be related to Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine's character) in season 2.— Tom Neven (@TomNeven1) August 3, 2018
There's a 100% chance that the kid he surrenders to the Kansas City mob is Mike Milligan.— Jeff Stewardson (@Stewcat2006) August 3, 2018
I'm fully prepared for Mike Milligan to be the son that Chris Rock's character surrenders to his enemy.— Dexter Holland's Opus (@WagesOvBen) August 3, 2018
Wherever the story is set, with the addition of Chris Rock and the dramatic new plot, the next installment of Fargo looks like it's going to be a wild season.
Oh geez, those Kansas City boys are at it again, don't you know.— billy buddget (@billy_buddget) August 3, 2018