Fargo

Watch the First Seven Minutes of FX's 'Fargo' Starring 'Sherlock's' Martin Freeman

Sure, we’re back in our general status quo state of waiting that is the (seemingly perpetual) Sherlock hiatus, but that doesn’t mean our lives are completely devoid of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Cumberbatch, as well all well know, is basically everywhere these days: making a few movies, photobombing superstar rockbands, planning a return to the theater, recording radio plays, you name it. Freeman, on the other hand, has been a bit harder to find, what with his multiyear commitment to pretty much live in New Zealand and wear hobbit feet for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy

Thankfully, Freeman’s about to finally get his own turn in the media spotlight with the upcoming premiere of his new drama series Fargo. Loosely based on the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers 1990s film of the same name, the drama features the same setting, the same types of people, and, yes, the same recognizable accents, but expands the world of the film with a whole new set of characters. (Translation: Don’t wait around for Frances McDormand’s Marge Gunderson to show up.) Freeman stars alongside such familliar faces as Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Kate Walsh, Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk and more. From all indications, it looks to be a fascinating series!

And now, thanks to the lovely folks at Yahoo TV, you can now watch the first seven minutes of the Fargo pilot, which debuts on cable network FX on April 15. You should definitely click play just for Freeman’s accent, which is about as far from Sherlock’s John Watson as you could ever imagine.

WATCH: Get Your First Look at FX’s ‘Fargo’ Featuring 'Sherlock's' Martin Freeman

It’s become something of a running joke on the internet that the biggest problem mystery series Sherlock has is the fact that its success has transformed its leads into such stars they barely have time to make the show anymore. (Given the fact that we seem to be on a fairly regular two-year-hiatus schedule, the joke isn’t exactly wrong, either.)

You couldn’t turn around without seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in some sort of feature film last year – with major roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate, August Osage County, 12 Years a Slave and more, he was kind of everywhere. His co-star Martin Freeman, however, has been pretty tied up playing the world’s most famous hobbit in Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit trilogy for the better part of the last three years and, subsequently, we haven’t had the chance to see him as much beyond John Watson and Bilbo Baggins lately.

Well, that’s about to change.