Winstead will play Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.
Winstead most recently toplined CBS’s summer series BrainDead from the creators of The Good Wife, which is considered unlikely to return for a second season. Still, the CBS TV Studios drama has the actress in first position while clearing her to do Fargo.
The first installment of Fargo was headlined by Billy Bob Thornton; the second one starred Patrick Wilson and Kirsten Dunst.
Fargo’s second installment is heading into Sunday’s Emmy Awards with a total of 18 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series. It scored two Emmy wins at last weekend’s Creative Arts ceremonies: Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special.
Fargo hails from creator Noah Hawley, who executive produces with Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield and John Cameron for MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.
Winstead recently starred in J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane. She is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.