Fargo Season 4: Chris Rock to Star as Crime Boss in 1950s Missouri

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Chris Rock is heading to Fargo — or, more accurately, Kansas City, Missouri.

FX announced on Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that Season 4 of Fargo is super-officially a go, with Chris Rock set to lead the anthology series’ latest ensemble.

The acclaimed Fargo’s latest saga spins the tale of two crime families — one Italian, the other African-American, with Rock playing the boss of the latter.

Emmy winner Noah Hawley will again lead the creative team for Fargo Season 4, with will begin production in 2019. In a statement, Rock — who previously exec-produced FX’s Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell — said, “I’m a fan of Fargo and I can’t wait to work with Noah.”

Season 4’s full synopsis follows; give it a read and then share your expectations for the new flurry of Fargo:

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. 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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