Ewan McGregor signs up for Fargo series 3

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has signed up for the third series of Fargo – and he’s playing two roles.

Perth-born McGregor will play two new main characters, brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, according to reports.

The 45-year-old, who played the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, will take up the dual role of the twins, who are believed to be at odds with each other, and form the centre of the plot for the show’s upcoming season.

An official description of the characters from FX claims: “Emmit Stussy is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man, Emmit sees himself as an American success story. His slightly younger brother, Ray Stussy, on the other hand is more of a cautionary tale.

“Balding, pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes.”

The latest season of Fargo is expected to start filming later this year and will be screened in 2017.

In staying true to its first two seasons, which jumped between Minnesota towns in 2006 and 1979 respectively, Fargo will skip ahead in time to 2010 to tell the two brothers’ stories.

Fargo is based on the 1996 Coen brothers’ film of the same name.

McGregor is currently filming the sequel to cult film Trainspotting, which is being shot in Edinburgh and Glasgow.