Colin Farrell in Talks for ‘True Detective’ Season Two

By July 11, 2014

Following several well-deserved Emmy nominations when all of the contenders were announced just yesterday, more details are surfacing about the second season of the acclaimed HBO series “True Detective.”

First of all, speaking with The Daily Beast, series creator Nic Pizzolatto has revealed that while initially there were going to be three lead roles in the second season, “That ballooned a little bit. I would say there are four central roles.” And while we don’t know if director William Friedkin will end up behind the camera as we reported earlier this week, we have a line on a couple of the stars who will be in front of the camera.

The Wrap has learned that In Bruges and Saving Mr. Banks star Colin Farrell is currently in talks for one of the lead roles, while John Carter and Savages star Taylor Kitch is one of the top candidates to play one of the younger male leads.

Farrell’s casting seems to be the more solid in the report, and it’s a solid choice. While Farrell’s choices in roles have been hit or miss, he’s taken on a wide variety of characters, and it’s not hard to imagine him fitting into Pizolatto’s gritty world.

Taylor Kitsch

As for Kitsch, he hasn’t had too much success at the box office with flops like John Carter and Battleship in his past, but that’s not really his fault. The films he’s chosen to star in just haven’t landed well with audiences, but Kitsch is still a gifted actor who seems like a great fit for “True Detective” as well, especially coming off HBO’s most recent TV movie “The Normal Heart” with Mark Ruffalo and last year’s Lone Survivor opposite Mark Wahlberg.

However, the network may not end up choosing Kitsch for that younger role. Supposedly Tron Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is also in the mix, though Kitsch seems to be considered the top candidate for the job at this point.

As for the other two leads, it’s unclear who might take those roles. There’s been rumblings of at least one major female part again (Jessica Chastain won’t be taking that role), but whether or not it’s something akin to Michelle Monaghan’s involvement in the first season remains to be seen. There’s likely plenty more news coming soon, so stay tuned to find out who else ends up on the sophomore season of this hot new HBO series.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.