Chris Rock to star in the fourth season of Fargo

Actor Chris Rock speaks to the media on the red carpet during the premiere of " The Week Of " in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RC12AE938650
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Comedian Chris Rock is set to star in the fourth season of award-winning limited series Fargo.

Fargo, which is based on the Coen Brother's Oscar-winning film, is an anthology series, meaning its cast and storylines change significantly each season - attracting A-grade talent wanting a short stunt on television.

Rock is the next Hollywood actor to take the trip to the rural US, where the show is typically set, following the likes of Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson and Ewan McGegror, who have all featured on the show.

Television channel FX, which airs the show, issued a statement welcoming Rock on board as the head of a 1950s crime family in Kansas City who has to trade his son with that of another powerful family leader to keep peace.

The season has been described as "a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money".

Like the 1996 film, the show has frequently taken a black-comedy approach, showing unwitting characters in dangerous situations and in over their heads.

Each of the three previous seasons has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, winning in 2014 for its first season.

The series' lead actors have also been consistently nominated for awards, potentially paving a path for Rock, who last won an Emmy in 1999 for writing variety series The Chris Rock Show.

The fourth season will begin production in 2019, with showrunner Noah Hawley returning. It is unknown who else will make up the cast.