Goodbye Litchfield, and hello Kansas City! Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba has just been cast alongside Chris Rock for the upcoming fourth season of Fargo.
Deadline reports Aduba has signed on for a lead role in the new season of the anthology series, playing a character named Zelmare Roulette, though further details about the part are being kept hush-hush.
Set in 1950s Kansas City, MO, the new season will focus its attention on two groups: Southern European immigrants new to the United States, and African Americans escaping the south. Two crime syndicates — one Italian, and the other African American, led by Loy Cannon (Chris Rock) — have created an unlikely alliance in the city, promising another season of gritty action, drama, and if we know Fargo, secrets and betrayal.
The next story. The next journey. 🤗 https://t.co/fAOqpPEIav
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) September 11, 2019
Showrunner Noah Hawley will write and direct, and in addition to Aduba and Rock, the season offers up a stacked cast including Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, and indie rocker Andrew Bird.
There’s nothing we love more than seeing actors take on roles completely different from the last one they played, and while we don’t know much about Zelmare Roulette yet, we can guess that Aduba is making sure that her portfolio is diverse.
Fresh off the final season of OITNB, she’s currently filming Mrs. America where she plays congresswoman and civil rights activist Shirley Chisholm. From quirky, heartstring-pulling inmate to history-making politician, Aduba can pretty much play it all, so we’re excited to see where Fargo takes her. Could Roulette be the romantic interest of Rock’s character Loy Cannon? Or perhaps she’s the most ruthless member of the syndicate, able to pull off her heists under the guise of being a demure lady? Time will tell — but as long as we get Aduba and Rock going toe-to-toe in scenes together, we’re into it.
With two Emmys and multiple SAG Awards to her name already, Uzo’s no stranger to awards hype — and if previous seasons of Fargo are any indication, things will stay that way. Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thorton, and Ewan McGregor (to name a few) have all been on the receiving end of critical acclaim and awards season praise following their stints on the Fargo series.
With production set to begin this fall, we’ve still got some time before Uzo’s back on our screens — but we have a feeling it’ll be worth the wait.