By Michael Ausiello
The BrainDead actress is joining the Emmy-winning FX anthology’s upcoming third season in a series-regular role, TVLine has learned. She 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 will star alongside the previously cast Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon.
Said to be set closer to the present than Seasons 1 and 2 were, Season 3 focuses on a pair of lookalike brothers, both played by McGregor. The older of the two, Emmit Stussy is a good-looking, self-assured real estate magnate — aka the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. His younger bro, Ray, is a flabby parole officer who believes that Emmit is somehow responsible for his sorry state of affairs. Coon plays Gloria, the chief of the Eden Valley police.
Production is tentatively scheduled to begin later this year, with new episodes dropping in 2017.