HBO Confirms ‘True Detective’ Rumors

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After an interminable wait and endless rumors that only served to remind us that time really is a flat circle, HBO has finally given some official confirmation about the highly anticipated second season of True Detective. The network has said that, as the rumors already had pegged, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch will fill the three main male roles on season two.

According to a report from Deadline, HBO has confirmed those three roles as well as given the season’s official tagline: “Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”

As the rumors had said, Farrell will play a detective who is torn between a corrupt police department and the mobster who controls his life. Vaughn is the career criminal whose attempt to go legitimate goes disastrously wrong when one of his partners is murdered. Kitsch will play the other male police detective. This confirmation comes after Colin Farrell told the Irish publication Sunday World that he’d be starring in the second season, a story that broke over the weekend.

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is set to helm the show’s first two episodes, though he might not be directing the entire series like Cary Fukunaga did for the show’s first season. His involvement was also first reported as a rumor, and one the show’s fans weren’t very happy about that. Lin is best known for revamping the Fast & Furious franchise in the most recent four installments, so fans of the dark and serious True Detective have expressed their doubts about his ability to handle such drastically different material.

Perhaps the most surprising news to come out of the announcement is what HBO didn’t say. The network and show creator Nic Pizzolatto have yet to find the actress to play the lead female role and third police officer. That part is the most coveted role of the year and dozens of actresses have been rumored to be up for it. Last week, the most recent development on that was a rumor that Pizzolatto had asked seven actresses to return and read for the part. According to Deadline, things still haven’t been pared down and that publication cited at least eight actresses as possibilities.

Most of the same actresses are still being named as favorites for the part. Deadline’s sources said that Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Abigail Spencer, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander, and Brit Marling are still in the running. Keira Knightley’s name is beginning to be tossed around and Rachel McAdams isn’t completely out of the running. Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss was most recently rumored to be the favorite for the part, but her name wasn’t mentioned by Deadline. Earlier in the summer, Jessica Chastain was the favorite for the role, which is described as that of a hardboiled female cop who struggles with addictions to alcohol and gambling.

That group of actresses is hugely diverse in a variety of aspects, showing that perhaps Pizzolatto is looking for the actress that best understands the psyche of the character rather than having a particular appearance, race, or age for the part in mind. Whatever he’s looking for, Pizzolatto had better find it soon, as the new season needs to begin filming. Given the confirmation we’ve just received, it’s likely that one of the rumored actresses will end up snagging the role.

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