True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto had just revealed that Season 2 of the show might have four leads, but now it looks like the production is zeroing in on two promising men. Deadline and The Wrap are reporting that Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are being eyed as the two new leads for a fresh story that will leave Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s characters in the dust.
Since the first season of True Detective wrapped up, there have been rumors about who would replace the two detectives. When we found out that each season would focus on a different case, it was rumored that Pizzolatto might go in the opposite direction by using two females, specifically Jessica Chastain and Mary-Louise Parker. Those rumors were turned down, and fans of the show were back to the drawing board. During these dark days, fans came up with pretty amusing suggestions and some we could even call brilliant.
However, HBO has a mind of their own and it looks like the powers that be are really interested in Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch.
At the Television Critics Association, HBO president Michael Lombardo surprised everyone when he announced that Season 2 leads would be revealed shortly.
“A Season 2 casting announcement was imminent.The two scripts we have are…more exciting than the first season.”
Farrell has been trying to recapture his earlier glory, so transitioning from film to television is a good move for him, specifically because it’s a similar route that McConaughey pulled even though he had the leverage of Magic Mike and Dallas Buyers Club before True Detective premiered. As for Taylor Kitsch, after failing to live up to his movie star good looks, he made an excellent turn in Ryan Murphy’s HBO film The Normal Heart.
As far as the setting goes, it’s being reported that Season 2 of True Detective will take place in California instead of Louisiana. As for the “four central roles,” maybe that’s still in the cards. Perhaps HBO is still eyeing an additional two people to close out Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch deals? Maybe the whole cast will be announced at once? Maybe someone is going to make a meta-show about people’s different hypothesis about Season 2? It could happen. The possibilities are endless.
Even though we don’t know much about Season 2, we do know that it will be riding on a lot of critical success. The first season of True Detective has earned a few Emmy nominations, including Best Drama, and Lead Actor in a Drama for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.