Stars descend on Calgary for TV series ‘Fargo’

Billy Bob Thornton, pictured in September 2012.
Billy Bob Thornton, pictured in September 2012. Getty Images

TORONTO — Film actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton and Private Practice star Kate Walsh are calling Calgary home this winter.

Alberta is standing in for North Dakota and Minnesota for a small screen adaptation of Fargo, the 1996 Oscar-nominated film by Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Coen brothers are executive producers of the 10-episode series, which is being produced for U.S. cable channel FX.

The cast includes Colin Hanks (Dexter), Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and Ontario-born Oliver Platt (The Big C) and Joshua Close (The Unusuals).

Calgary Police Services issued a release Tuesday advising residents they may spot police cars marked as Bemidji and Duluth Police.

Fargo is benefitting from incentives through the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund.

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The real Fargo is more than 1,500 kilometres southeast of Calgary — or about 3.5 hours south of Winnipeg.

Cameras are set to roll in the Calgary area until early April.