CHRIS ROCK SIGNS ON FOR FARGO: Chris Rock will be headlining the upcoming season of Noah Hawley’s Fargo on FX. The fourth season will be set in 1950; production begins next year. "I’m a fan of Fargo," Rock said on the news, "and I can’t wait to work with Noah." His first stand-up special in 10 years, Tamborine, debuted on Netflix in February. He also co-starred in The Week Of with Adam Sandler on Netflix, and served as exec producer on the recently canceled The Rundown With Robin Thede on BET.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND JESSICA BIEL PREP FACTS OF LIFE REBOOT: Huh. 200 episodes + simply wasn’t enough for The Facts of Life. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel are reportedly exec producing a reboot of the 1980s classic. It’s in the very early stages so stay tuned.
CHLOE SEVIGNY AND KRISTEN STEWART MAKE OUT IN LIZZIE TRAILER: The famous Lizzie Borden story—per the schoolyard rhyme, she took an axe and gave her parents 40 wacks—is getting the indie film treatment. Chloë Sevigny stars as Borden, and Kristen Stewart plays her housemaid turned lover, Bridget. The film drops September 14th.
DAMON WAYAN TALKS LETHAL WEAPONS WITHOUT CLAYNE CRAWFORD: Damon Wayans says that Fox’s reboot of Lethal Weapon is transformed with Clayne Crawford, who was fired after he clashed with several members of the cast and crew, including Wayans. "We're only the first episode in but it's definitely a lot lighter in tone and we're having fun — on and off set," the actor told reporters Thursday night at Fox's TCA party. Sean William Scott has replaced Crawford. The show returns September 25th.
FX ORDERS SHOGUN: FX is bringing James Clavell’s hit novel Shōgun to the small screen. The network gave a 10-episode order for a limited series period drama. It was previously a miniseries on NBC, which aired over five nights in 1980, and starred Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada. The NBC run earned multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and Peabodys. "The story of Shōgun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago," said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. "The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then. We are honored to bring the series to today’s viewers through our partnership with executive producers Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Michael De Luca, Clavell’s daughter Michaela, and Eugene Kelly. We are equally thrilled that Ronan Bennett and Rachel Bennette are writing the new adaption, and that Tim Van Patten will bring his vision and expertise to directing this saga of adventure, power and loyalty that the world has come to know as Shōgun." More than 30 million copies of the book sold worldwide.