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The first trailer for the upcoming mini-series 'Fargo' - inspired by the 1996 film of the same name - has been released by FX.

Viewers are able to catch a first glimpse of Lorne Malvo, played by Billy Bob Thornton, as he attempts to de-ice his deeply frozen car.

'Fargo' arrives on FX on April 15th 2014, nearly two decades after the Coen Brothers had a box office hit with the original movie.

It starred Frances McDormand as a pregnant police chief investigating a series of murders near Brainerd, Minnesota, and William H. Macy as a struggling car salesman who hires two criminals to kidnap his wife.

The film earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress in a Leading Role for McDormand.

Despite its popularity with audiences, few would have expected a TV spin-off - hence the surprise when FX commissioned a ten-part drama in 2012.

The series - which has a similar plot to the original film - has a clear beginning and end, rather than an agonising cliff-hanger.

As well as Thornton, a number of other stars have signed on - including Martin Freeman of 'The Hobbit' and 'Sherlock' fame, Bob Odenkirk from 'Breaking Bad' and Colin Hanks - son of the Oscar winning Tom.

The script for the TV series has been penned by Noah Hawley, with creators Joel and Ethan Coen returning as executive producers - albeit in a hands-off role.

Hawley explained that there have been attempts to bring 'Fargo' to TV before, including a 1998 pilot that was not picked up by the networks.

"But with what cable can do these days, it’s the right time now," he stated.

The writer told viewers to expect a character drama, rather than a 'whodunit'. "It’s about people and relationships," he told the Daily News.

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