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But three other major roles have yet to be filled.
While actresses including Rosario Dawson, Brit Marling, Oona Chaplin, and Jessica Biel are apparently still duking it out for a spot in the cast of True Detective’s second season, one male lead has been confirmed: Colin Farrell.
The Irish actor revealed as much in comments published by the Sunday World:
I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited. I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles, which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.
Farrell had for months been rumored, along with Taylor Kitsch of Friday Night Lights, to be a top contender for a role in HBO’s anthology-style crime series, which held viewers rapt with singular performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson earlier this year.
Series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto is also said to have written an antagonist with Vince Vaughn in mind, though neither he nor Kitsch are attached yet.
New plot details are scarce: all we really know is that the California-set season will focus on the maybe-Satanic murder of a corrupt businessman just before a major city planning deal goes through, as well as “the occult history of the United States transportation system”—a phrase that has already triggered feverish speculation.
The new episodes will likely premiere next summer, possibly paired with paranormal drama The Leftovers, which would make for the bleakest Sunday nights in television history.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'