Chris Rock's character will swap sons with an Italian mob boss.
Joel and Ethan Coen's Fargo used to be just a movie, one with a lot of fans to be sure, but a movie. Now, 22 years after it was first released, Fargo has become much much more. It's a TV show that doesn't rely on a continuing storyline for cohesion, but rather stays as close as possible to the feel of the original film (dopey, earnest people who end up embroiled in gruesome murders) while bringing in new characters and stories each season.
The new season seems like it will be a departure from all the others. Not only will the story be about two Kansas City gangs, but it will star Chris Rock. The set-up of the story is explained as follows in the official synopsis of the season:
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.
On being casted in the new season, Rock said: "I'm a fan of Fargo."