Chris Rock to Star in ‘Fargo’ Season 4 at FX

TCA 2018: Production begins next year

Chris Rock

FX is heading back to “Fargo” for Season 4, and showrunner Noah Hawley is bringing Chris Rock with him to star when production commences next year.

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, per FX’s description. 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.

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, the cable channel said. 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.”

Noah Hawley will showrun, write, executive produce and direct. Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron are legacy executive producers. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio and international distributor.

“I’m a fan of ‘Fargo’ and I can’t wait to work with Noah,” Rock, who will return to FX after executive producing “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” said in a statement.

Rock recently wrapped his international Total Blackout stand-up tour.