BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton will star in the TV version of the film “Fargo.”

FX network boss John Landgraf said Friday that Thornton has signed on to a limited series based on the 1996 crime comedy-drama. It’s scheduled for a 10-episode run on FX next spring.

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Thornton will play a rootless con artist. No characters will be carried over from the film, which brought a best-actress Oscar to Frances McDormand.

Even so, Landgraf says the series will be “remarkably true to the film.” Its creators, Joel and Ethan Coen, are associated with the series.

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Thornton has had many acclaimed movie performances. He won an Oscar for writing the 1996 drama “Sling Blade,” in which he also starred.

No other cast members have been announced.

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