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Oh Wow, Chris Rock Will Lead Fargo Season 4

The comic will play a crime boss in the next installment of FX's anthology series

Liam Mathews

Chris Rock is heading to Fargo.

Well, Kansas City, to be exact, which is where Season 4 of the acclaimed FX limited series will be set. FX announced Friday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour that Fargo has officially been picked up for another installment that will start production next year.

FX's official description is worth reprinting in full, because it sounds fascinating:

"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, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy -- that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons.

Chris Rock plays 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."

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Rock's character might be the father of Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine), one of the antagonists of Season 2, a black enforcer for the white Kansas City mafia who went to Fargo in 1979 to deal with the Gerhardt crime family.

Creator Noah Hawley has said that they need to wait for the winter to shoot Fargo. With the confirmation that it's going into production next year, it's likely that Season 4 won't premiere until 2020, about three years after Season 3, which starred Ewan McGregor and was set in 2010.