11:45 am EST, January 9, 2014

First look: Martin Freeman in ‘Fargo’ TV series based on Coen Brothers’ classic

The Fargo TV series based on the Coen brothers’ classic film, starring Martin Freeman, is set to come out some time this year, and we’re finally getting the first look at his character, as well as a couple others.

Ever since Martin Freeman joined the adaption (we’ll explain later) of Fargo, a great film from the Coen brothers, arguably the greatest filmmakers around today, we’ve been waiting to see just what Freeman would look like. That time has come, and we couldn’t be more pleased.

The original film Fargo was set in Brainerd, MN and was set around a character named Jerry Lundegaard who, in an attempt to get money from his father-in-law, hires criminals to kidnap his wife. From there everything else goes wrong.

The new TV series won’t be an exact adaptation of that, but it will keep the same tone of the story. The Jerry Lundegaard character’s name will be changed to Lester Nygaard, and that will be the character that Martin Freeman portrays. The cast also includes Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton, Glenn Howerton, Kate Walsh and Oliver Platt.

The images come to us from Yahoo (like you couldn’t tell). Make sure to click on each image to see them in full resolution.

The first image is of Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman), and the second includes Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) and Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton),

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The series will last for only 10 episodes when it is released on FX. It’s planned to be released in Spring 2014.

Though the cast is impressive, the people behind the camera are perhaps even more impressive. Joel and Ethan Coen will be returning to executive produce Fargo. Noah Hawley will write the series as well as executive produce. The pilot will be directed by Emmy-winning director Adam Bernstein (30 Rock, Breaking Bad) who will also executive produce. Other executive producers are Warren Littlefield and Geyer Kosinski.

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