Kirsten Dunst Is Heading to TV!

by Philiana Ng 5:09 PM PST, December 10, 2014
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Kirsten Dunst is going from the big to the small screen.

The 32-year-old actress has just booked a starring role on FX’s Fargo, the network announced Wednesday. She’ll be joined by Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad alum Jesse Plemons in the lead roles for the 10-episode second installment, which starts filming next month up north in chilly Calgary, Canada.

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The pair will play a married couple who aren’t exactly on the same page. Dunst takes on the role of Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with big-city dreams who is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants as she struggles with others’ expectations. Plemons portrays Ed, a butcher’s assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery even if he doesn’t quite understand it.

Dunst, who appeared on ER in the '90s and most recently Portlandia, and Plemons, best known for playing Landry on Friday Night Lights and Todd on Breaking Bad, have some big shoes to fill as they take over the series from Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman – both of whom earned significant critical acclaim for their one-season gigs.

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An anthology series of sorts, Fargo – this time around – goes back to 1979 Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luverne, Minn., where young State Police Officer Lou Solverson, a Vietnam vet, tackles a new case. His wife Betsy, their four-year-old daughter Molly and fellow officer Ben Schmidt will also be featured characters.

Fargo returns to your TV screens next fall!

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