Nigerian-American actress Uzo Aduba is to co-star in the forthcoming fourth season of US network FX’s drama anthology series Fargo.
Based on the 1996 movie of the same name, Fargo is written, directed and executive produced by Noah Hawley, who created the show. The new season is set in 1950 in Kansas City, Missouri, and follows two criminal syndicates that trade their sons in a bid to settle their scores.
Aduba is best known for her breakout role as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren in Netflix original Orange is the New Black, which earned her two Emmys and a SAG Award.
She joins a cast led by comedian Chris Rock and featuring Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley, Salvatore Esposito and Andrew Bird.
Aduba is also set to star in another FX show, forthcoming limited series Mrs America.
Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions. Production on season four will begin this fall in Chicago for a 2020 premiere.
Nigerian-born author Akwaeke Emezi and US writer Tamara Carter are working on an adaptation of one of the former’s novels for an American channel.
Emezi’s Freshwater is being developed as a drama by US pay TV network FX, with Emezi and Carter writing.
The story explores Igbo spirituality, mental illness and Igbo culture. It follows Nigerian Ada, a final-year college student who discovers she has three spirits living in her subconscious. The spirits take control of her and threaten to erode her sanity.
A finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Freshwater has been translated into eight languages . It has also been nominated for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, the ceremony for which is being held in London next week.
Emezi previously won the Commonwealth Regional Short Story Prize for her work Who is like God.