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Fargo prequel heads back to Canada

fargo The second season of Fargo will shoot once again in Calgary, Canada, with cameras expected to roll in January 2015. The location will replicate South Dakota’s Sioux Falls in the late 1970s, set in winter and spring, the show’s exec producer has revealed.

“If you were paying attention in season 1, you know we made a lot of references to Sioux Falls and that was deliberate; that wasn’t an accident,” Noah Hawley said last week. “The next 10-hour movie is going to be the story of Sioux Falls, taking place in 1979 with the story set mostly in Luverne, Minnesota, in Fargo and Sioux Falls.”

Expected to air on FX in April 2015 and the UK’s Channel 4 shortly after, it will be a new story with a new cast: there’ll be Molly’s mother, absent in season 1, and Lou Solverson, Molly's dad, as a 33-year-old man recently back from Vietnam. Police lieutenant Ben Schmidt will also “factor in somewhere”.

Coen Brothers fans are in for a treat too, with the new run drawing influences from Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There.

Details of the plot have been kept under wraps at this stage, but Hawley believes all the stories from the movie and season 1 will be connected. "I like the idea that somewhere out there is a big, leather-bound book that's the history of true crime in the Midwest, and the movie was Chapter 4, Season 1 was Chapter 9 and this is Chapter 2," he said.

The first season starred Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks, and was a record-breaker for FX, earning 18 Emmy nominations, the most for a single programme in the network’s history.

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