Martin Freeman Cast in FX’s Fargo

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Martin Freeman attends the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 23, 2013 in London, England.
Martin Freeman attends the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 23, 2013 in London, England. Photo: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

Sherlock's Martin Freeman has joined the cast of FX's upcoming Fargo miniseries. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Freeman will play a small-town insurance salesman who crosses paths with a sleazy con man, played by the previously announced Billy Bob Thornton. It's not exactly the William H. Macy role, even though that's what some reports are calling it; FX has said that the show won't mirror the movie's plot or characters but will instead just exist in the same Fargo-y universe of snow and murder and what the Coen brothers have called "Minnesota nice."