Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins Fargo series 3

The starry ensemble for the third instalment of Fargo (which changes its cast each year, along with a new time period and storyline) continues to expand. BrainDead’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the latest to sign on for the new season.

According to Deadline, she’ll play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. She certainly sounds like a tricky customer, being described as a woman “focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.”

Winstead joins a cast which already boasts such stellar names as Carrie Coon and Ewan McGregor, who is playing twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, who are locked in a battle for supremacy.

Little else is known about what we can expect from the latest run of episodes except that it will be set much closer to the modern day – raising the prospect that characters from previous seasons could return (Allison Tolman’s Molly Solverson, please!).

Previous big names to have been lured to snowy Minnesota by showrunner Noah Hawley’s blend of tense writing and visual inventiveness include Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kristen Dunst and Patrick Wilson.

Fargo season three is expected to air next year.

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