Fans of Bruce Campbell will no longer chant hail to the king, baby but rather “hail to the chief” as the big-chinned one is all lined up to portray Ronald Reagan on Season 2 of FX’s “Fargo,” which TVLine reports will be a one-episode appearance.
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf stated that Season 2 takes place in the late-’70s while the Gipper was on his first campaign for President, during which he “makes a swing through Fargo. Some of the characters have some interactions with him. And some of his movies are also a part of the show.”
This will be a homecoming of sorts for self-proclaimed B-movie titan Campbell, who had a bit role as an actor in a soap opera which Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare watch in the original 1996 classic Fargo. Campbell also had cameos in the Coen Brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty (also on a soap), The Ladykillers and a supporting part in The Hudsucker Proxy. Most famous for his role as wisecracking hero Ash in the Evil Dead movies, the actor will reprise that role for television in Starz’s forthcoming 10-episode series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”
The second season of “Fargo” will revolve around a previously-referenced incident that occurred in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota involving a young Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson). Also featured in leading roles are Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons, along with recurring roles for Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Cristin Milioti and Campbell’s “Burn Notice” castmate Jeffrey Donovan.
Production on “Fargo” is currently underway in Calgary, and the 10-episode anthology miniseries is slated to premiere next fall on FX.
Emmy Award-winning Executive Producers Noah Hawley (showrunner/writer), Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron all return for the second installment. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.
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