Will Billy Bob Thornton Be in 'Fargo' Season 2? His Masterful Villain Could Pop Up in 1979

Actor Billy Bob Thornton has been captivating audiences since his Oscar-winning turn as developmentally disabled Karl Childers in the 1996 film Sling Blade. He's played presidents, football coaches, and cops. But even with all those roles, you have never seen him quite as evil and dastardly as he was as Lorne Malvo in FX's Fargo . In his first few moments of the series, Malvo becomes the devil on Lester Nygaard's shoulder, influencing the mild-mannered insurance salesman to kill, kill, kill. It's a bone-chilling performance that earned Thornton an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. But will Billy Bob Thornton be in Season 2 of Fargo ? It doesn't look likely, but it could happen.

The FX series' second season will take place back in time — 1979 to be exact. Creator and exec producer Noah Hawley said that Season 2 will introduce the audience to younger versions of Molly and Lou Solverson — and Molly's mama. The season will take place in Fargo; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Luverne, Minnesota. Despite the time and location shifts, Hawley tells Zap2It that Fargo's stories will be connected, so perhaps the dastardly Malvo could make an appearance, driving up in a suspicious car on a snowy road in 1979. Hey, you never know.

Even though Thornton may not be in Season 2, the actor is still keeping busy. Hopefully this information can cure your Lorne Malvo withdrawals:

Entourage

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Vince and the boys are back in a feature film debuting in theaters next year. Thornton plays a millionaire cowboy film financier who backs a big-budget Dracula movie that will star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier). But he's not very trusting, since he sends his 20-something son to keep an eye on this film and its stars.

The movie will be released on June 5 and also stars Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven.

Our Brand is Crisis

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This George Clooney-produced political comedy-drama follows the use of American political strategies in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Sandra Bullock stars as Jane Bodine, a political consulted hired by an unpopular Bolivian president, who wants help winning an election. Thronton will play her rival Pat Candy, who is advising the Bolivian president's opposition.

The movie, which will be released in 2016, is based on a 2005 documentary by Rachel Boynton.

London Fields

Thornton heads up this thriller based on the murder-mystery novel of the same name by Martin Amis. The actor plays terminally-ill American writer Samson Young, who lives in London and has suffered from writer's block for 20 years. He's the unreliable narrator of a woman's murder, but whodunit?

Find out in 2015, when the movie is released in theaters. The film also stars Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess, Theo James, Johnny Depp, Cara Delevingne, and Jaimie Alexander.

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