Kirsten Dunst will play the female lead in Fargo’s 2nd season: good pick?

Kirsten Dunst

It wasn’t too long ago that actors considered television to be a major step down from movies. Nowadays, everyone wants a show because tv is cool again. Preferably a cable show where the really dirty, bloody stuff goes down, and audiences get all riled up on social media. FX’s Fargo was a big hit last season with viewers, and it received lots of awards show love too.

Like True Detective, Fargo will shake up its cast every season. According to rumor, one cast member will return for the 2nd season, and no one knows who that will be yet. It definitely won’t be the shifty Billy Bob Thornton or the awesome Allison Tolman. Casting news for the season is starting to roll out, and FX has announced its two leads: Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons. If you watched Breaking Bad, you’ll know Jesse as “Meth Damon” (thanks, CB). This is a big move for Kirsten, who is new to television (other than guest appearances). The new season will feature a jump back in time:

FX has found its new Fargo leading duo.

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons will topline the second season of Noah Hawley’s FX anthology, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Production will begin in Calgary in January with the 10-episode series set to premiere next fall on FX. Hawley will return as showrunner with exec producers including Joel and Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron. Additional castings are expected to be announced soon.

The sophomore season will revisit the 1979 Sioux Falls incident referenced in the freshman run’s “A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage” episode when Molly’s (Allison Tolman) father Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine) was still a state trooper. Season two will take place in Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luverne, Minn., Hawley said, with a new actor coming in to play the younger Lou character.

Dunst will star as Peggy Blomquist, a beautician with big-city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with societal expectations.

Plemons will play Ed, Peggy’s husband and a butcher’s assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery — even if he doesn’t quite understand it.

Fargo, which earned the Emmy for outstanding miniseries, has become one of TV’s hottest properties as A-list actors flock to the small screen for roles in anthology series like True Detective and American Horror Story. The approach has worked well for the networks, luring viewers in an increasingly competitive DVR landscape and generating awards season cachet.

[From Hollywood Reporter]

This sounds like a wise move for Kirsten. She’s had a taste of television, and now she’ll anchor a whole season. I think she will easily be able to play a frustrated citizen of Fargo, yearning to break free. Does anyone else ever freeze their butts off as they watch this show? It always makes me feel so cold. I hope Kirsten doesn’t mind the cold, as the show shoots in Canada.

Now I can’t get “Meth Damon” out of my head. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.

Jesse Plemons

Jesse Plemons

Kirsten Dunst

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  1. Esmom says:

    Meth Damon (hehe, so perfect, I remember noting the resemblance immediately when he first appeared and first saw the nickname in an AV Club recap) played creepy so well on BB, he was the stuff of nightmares for me.

    Good for Kiki, I love seeing film actors take on TV roles. It really is such a golden age for TV right now.

    • mimif says:

      Meth Damon’s spectacles are scaring me.

      • Kiddo says:

        Hmm, and the white shapeless eyebrows don’t bother you?

        *Setting up CSI tape around mimif, calling for reinforcements*

      • Esmom says:

        I know. He looks like the evil twin of Jennifer Connelly’s husband to me.

      • Jaderu says:

        I’m more concerned with the bow tie and the woman with the white framed shades creepin’ on him in the background. I’m thinking we need Det. Stabler on this one Kiddo. Sans pants off course.

    • Lb says:

      Meth Damon was also really fantastic on Friday Night Lights. I’m happy for him to be doing so well.

  2. Lindy79 says:

    We’ll get to hear her Drop Dead Gorgeous accent again!

    All we need is Denise Richards dancing with a foam Jesus and we’re all set.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I am surprised by them casting Kirsten, but I hope she does well and the show is as good as the first season. I am sad that Allison won’t be back somehow, she was really great.

  4. Luciana says:

    I love Kiki. I didn’t watch Fargo first season but I will watch the 2nd one.

  5. scout says:

    She is from Minnesota, she will be great with accent etc. Love Fargo, movie and serial.

    • awful says:

      no, she’s not. she was born in NJ and moved to LA when she was 11. no MN connection.

      • BG says:

        Her family on her mother’s side is from Minnesota and she still has family there, so there’s a connection.
        I didn’t see Fargo’s first season but with Kirsten on board now I’ll definitely watch it. She’s a wonderful actress.

  6. Decorative Item says:

    I love that dress, but the armpit boobs are more than a little distracting.

  7. insomniac says:

    Meth Damon? LOL.

    I don’t really like her, but I’ll still watch. I loved the first season of “Fargo”, and maybe she’ll surprise me.

  8. lisa says:

    Good move for Kirsten. Better to do a good/great tv show than sit around waiting for a decent movie script that may or may not come.

  9. inthekitchen says:

    Oh gross. No, not a good pick (IMO). I hate her voice…so squeaky and annoying. Blergh. She’ll play a beautician with big-city dreams?! Gag me.

    Can I start a ‘Bring Back Allison’ campaign? She was incredible!

  10. Kitkatk8 says:

    I’m so tired (up all night with sick baby) when I first read the title I thought it said Kirsten Dunst will play the female lead in “Fraggle Rock 2” …….. and I thought she was a good fit :-/ need more sleep