Hot on the heels of the first concrete casting news from True Detective season 2, Variety have reported that Rachel McAdams has been offered a lead role. The actress, who can currently be seen playing spy games in A Most Wanted Man, has been trying to work out scheduling issues while circling the role of a police officer, once rumoured to be set aside for Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss.
The first piece of casting news from the new series came when Colin Farrell confirmed long standing rumours that he will star in the show earlier this week, after speaking to Irish newspaper 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."
Farrell's casting confirms the rumours surrounding the cast that first surfaced back in August, with a separate Variety story reporting that he's set to take on the role of Ray Velcoro, a corrupt police officer working for a shady crook-turned businessman.
HBO have confirmed that Vince Vaughn will be the businessman in question and according the same Variety story, his character will be named Frank Semyon, "a man in danger of losing his criminal empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner."
Taylor Kitsch has confirmed he has signed on to play the role of a war veteran motorcycle cop, after a year of waiting for news on the role.
According to Farrell's recent interview, the catalyst for the second season of the show will be the “bloody murder of a corrupt city businessman found dead the night before a major transportation deal.” Show-runner Nic Pizzolatto has previously confirmed this murder is set to be investigated by "Three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding out who did it. They soon discover their investigation has much broader and darker implications than they initially thought."
Although the anthology nature of the show means season two will be somewhat of a departure from the first season, Farrell's casting is an indication that bankable Hollywood film actors continue to be considered for the show.
True Detective Season Two will premiere in summer 2015
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