Chris Rock is taking on a dramatic role in the upcoming fourth season of Fargo.
FX made the announcement Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m a fan of Fargo and I can’t wait to work with [showrunner Noah Hawley],” Rock said in a statement.
FX CEO John Landgraf said Hawley reached out to the actor and comedian, and he “signed on right away.”
Rock will play a crime boss on the new season of the anthology series, which will focus on a rivalry between Italian and African-American criminal groups, in 1950s Kansas City.
Production is slated to begin in 2019. FX did not say when the series would return.
Here’s the official description from the cable network: “Season four of Fargo is set in 1950, at the end of two 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 and 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.”
It continues: “In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. 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.”