With production on the fourth season of FX Network's Fargo already underway in Chicago, writer-director Noah Hawley and season star Chris Rock is giving viewers an official look at the fourth installment of the award-winning anthology series ahead of its April 19 premiere on FX and FX on Hulu.
In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, two criminal syndicates — one Italian, led by Donatello Fadda, one African American, led by Loy Cannon (Rock) — have struck an uneasy peace, which the heads of both families have cemented by trading their youngest sons.Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America.
Cannon is the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son's enemy as his own. It's an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes.
It's a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.
FX's fourth season of Fargo also stars Timothy Olyphant (Dick "Deafy" Wickware) Uzo Aduba (Zelmare Roulette), Jessie Buckley (Oraetta Mayflower), Salvatore Esposito (Gaetano Fadda), Andrew Bird (Thurman Smutney), Jeremie Harris (Leon Bittle), Gaetano Bruon (Constant Calamita), Anji White (Dibrell Smutney), Francesco Acquaroli (Ebal Violante), Emyri Crutchfield (Ethelrida Pearl Smutney), Amber Midthunder (Swanee Capps), Jack Huston (Odis Weff), Jason Schwartzman (Josto Fadda), Ben Whishaw (Rabbi Milligan), Glynn Turman (Doctor Senator), Corey Hendrix (Omie Sparkman), Karen Aldridge (Zelmare Roulette), Kelsey Asbille, and newcomer Matthew Elam.
In late September, Hawley sat down with Collider for an interview and updated viewers on how things were moving on the show's creative end:
"The cast is incredible. I would say it's twice the size of any story we've told, both financially and the scope of it, the scale of it, the period of it. There's no reason to do this again unless I think it could be the best one yet."
With the season set at 10 episodes, reports that half have been written – putting it pretty much on pace with previous seasons… and because Hawley has more than earned a little rest and relaxation:
"The first year I had eight out of ten [scripts], the second year I had probably six out ten. This year I'm in the five range. Some of it is just one thing to another thing to another thing. I took a vacation because I think I deserved a vacation. Then I came back and I'm directing the first block so in a perfect world I would be writing scripts but instead, I'm prepping the show. But we mapped everything out. I know the journey and the writing process for me is not a belabored, lengthy one so I'm not worried about it yet."
Hawley returns as showrunner, writer and director. Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and John Cameron have also served as executive producers – with production handled by MGM Television and FX Productions.