Rachel McAdams Offered Lead in ‘True Detective’ Season 2

By September 25, 2014

The casting speculation surrounding the second season of “True Detective” has been almost as crazy as the rumors about Star Wars lately, and because of the success of the incredible debut season of HBO’s new show, fans have been in a fever pitch wondering who exactly will star in place of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. HBO officially confirmed Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn as part of the cast two days ago, and the network also added that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin will be directing at least the first two episodes of the new season, but the female lead has been a major mystery.

A whole group of actresses have been rumored for the part recently (Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley’s name was also thrown into the mix yesterday), but now Variety reports that Rachel McAdams has been offered the female lead. Nothing has been signed yet, and the network hasn’t made it official, but it sounds like the deal is as good as done. That’s great news for fans of McAdams like myself, who are itching to see what she can do in a high profile role like this.

McAdams starred in my favorite movie of last year, About Time, and also had a role in A Most Wanted Man opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, so she definitely has range outside of the rom-com genre. Here’s hoping she knocks it out of the park and all kinds of doors start to open for her; I’d love to see her take on more dramatic roles on a regular basis, and the part of “Ani Bezzerides, a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol” sounds like a hell of a way to get started.

Meanwhile, check out Funny Or Die’s parody of “True Detective,” starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara:

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