Billy Bob Thornton to Star in TV Version of Fargo It's coming to FX next year By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Aug 2, 2013 3:24 PM CDT 12 comments Comments Billy Bob Thornton will star. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) (Newser) – Billy Bob Thornton will star in the TV version of the film Fargo. The Oscar winner has signed on to a limited series based on the 1996 Coen brothers' flick. It's scheduled for a 10-episode run on FX next year. Fans of the movie shouldn't expect to see the same story retold, however. Thornton will play a rootless con artist, and no characters will be carried over from the film. Even so, FX chief John Landgraf says the series will be "remarkably true to the film." Joel and Ethan Coen are associated with the series.