'Sherlock' star in 'Fargo': Martin Freeman cast in FX limited series

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"Sherlock" star Martin Freeman has been cast in one of the lead roles of FX's upcoming limited series, "Fargo." Executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, "Fargo" is based on the brothers' 1996 film of the same name.

Freeman will play the role of Lester Nygaard, a harassed and unhappily married insurance salesman in Minnesota (as reported by Deadline). His life is changed -- probably not for the better -- when a mysterious stranger named Lorne Malvo ( Billy Bob Thornton) arrives in town. Freeman's role will be similar to the hapless car salesman played by William H. Macy in the film version.

Strange humor, "Minnesota nice" and murder all follow.

In addition to playing Dr. John Watson on "Sherlock," Freeman is best-known for his work in the films of "The Hobbit" and in the original British version of "The Office."

Written by Noah Hawley, the limited series will be comprised of 10 episodes, tentatively set to air at some time in 2014. "Fargo" is the first production of this type on the cable network.

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