You may know British actor Martin Freeman from his role as Dr. Watson on the BBC hit 'Sherlock.' You may also know him as Bilbo Baggins in the blockbuster 'Hobbit' films. If you're a longtime fan, you may even remember his role as Tim Canterbury on the original Ricky Gervais version of 'The Office.' No matter what role you might best associate him with, if you're aware of Martin Freeman, chances are you like him.
Over the last decade or so, Freeman has gradually built himself a reputation as a reliable character actor, one that can be counted on to deliver a performance capable of capturing an audience's imagination. That said, it's really no wonder why FX has just signed the actor to topline (alongside Billy Bob Thornton) their new 10 episode "limited series" based on the 1996 Coen Brothers film 'Fargo.'
The series itself will not be a direct adaptation of the film's plot, but will instead be telling a brand new true-crime tale set in the same "quiet" North Dakoka town of Fargo. Freeman will portray Lester Nygaard, an insurance salesman constantly harassed by his nagging wife. Lester's humdrum life is forever changed by the arrival of the mysterious Lorne Malvo (Thornton). Details beyond that are still sketchy at this point, although the Nygaard character is an obvious allusion to Jerry Lundegaard, memorably played in the film by William H. Macy.
TV adaptations of popular films seem to be the in thing right now, what with 'Bates Motel' and 'Hannibal' already on the air, and series based on 'American Psycho,' 'The Wizard of Oz,' and 'Rambo' all on the development slate. Is this a trend that you support? Do you think Martin Freeman was a good choice to fill William H. Macy's shoes?