Bruce Campbell

FX’s Fargo finally has its Ronald Reagan. Bruce Campbell is set to play the Gipper in the upcoming second season of the FX crime drama, joining Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson. More on the Fargo Bruce Campbell casting after the jump. 

TV Line reports Campbell is set to appear in one episode as Reagan. Coincidentally, Campbell actually makes a brief appearance in the 1996 Coen Brothers movie on which the series is based. He can be spotted on the TV at one point in the kidnappers’ cabin.

Fargo Season 2 picks up long before the events of Fargo Season 1, in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. Wilson leads Lou Solverson, portrayed by Keith Carradine last season. In this period he’s a recently returned Vietnam vet in a new job as a Minnesota state police officer.

At that point, of course, Reagan wasn’t yet in the White House — but he was trying to get there. “He’s on his first campaign [and he] makes a swing through Fargo,” explained FX CEO John Landgraf earlier this year. “Some of the characters have some interactions with him. And some of his movies are also a part of the show.”

Reagan’s first presidential run should dovetail nicely with the themes of the season. “A lot of what it’s about is the cultural transformation that was going on at the time,” said Landgraf.

The sprawling cast of Fargo Season 2 also includes Cristin Milioti as Lou’s wife, Michael Hogan and Jean Smart as heads of the Gerhardt crime family, Brad Garrett as the frontman for a Kansas City crime syndicate, Nick Offerman as a local lawyer, and Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons as other members of the community.

Campbell wrapped up a seven-season role on USA’s Burn Notice in 2013, and recently signed up to reprise his role as Ash in Starz’s upcoming series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Fargo‘s second season will premiere on FX this fall.

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