Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdam were recently reported to be the front-runners for the remaining (female) lead in True Detective season two, but it turns out the situation may be more complicated than that. Seven other names are reportedly in the mix for the remaining True Detective season two lead, and have been invited back to audition for the role for series creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto later this week.
HBO’s philosophical neo-Noir drama is an anthology series, which is why season two is going to have both a different setting and different characters than season one. Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn have all but officially locked down lead roles in season two, while Moss (Peggy Olson from Mad Men) and McAdams (Irene Adler from Sherlock Holmes (2009)) aren’t necessarily out of the running – but they may not be the strong contenders they were previously believed to be, either.
True Detective season two is reportedly going to take place in California, where a trio of law officers investigate a murder that may be tied to a businessman’s (Vaughn) proposed deal to construct a high-speed railway system across the state. The female lead is said to be Ani Bezzerides, a local small-town sheriff with a tough attitude – but gambling and drinking problems that stem from her troubled childhood – who ends up joining forces with two other detectives (Farrell and Kitsch) to solve the case.
According to The Wrap‘s Jeff Sneider, the “long shots” vying for the remaining True Detective season two lead include Oona Chaplin (Robb Stark’s wife Talisa on Game of Thrones), Britt Marling (star/writer of Another Earth and The East), and Kelly Reilly (Mary Watson from the Sherlock Holmes films); in addition, the stronger candidates includes Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II from Watchmen), and Jaimie Alexander (Sif from the Thor movies). However, “the favorite” at this time – according to Sneider – is none other than Rosario Dawson.
Dawson is no stranger to neo-Noir material, having starred in both of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City comic book movies, among other adult crime/dramas (such as, more recently, director Danny Boyle’s Trance). She’ll also have a role on the upcoming Marvel Studios and Netflix series, Daredevil – a show that will explore the “street level Noir side” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fittingly enough.
Point being, the “tough but troubled” archetype is very much in Dawson’s wheelhouse, and such a role written by Pizzolatto ought to let her really flex her dramatic acting muscles. On top of that, as The Wrap‘s Sneider has pointed out, True Detective has so far tended to favor well-established names over up and comers; Dawson is not just the biggest star on the shortlist next to Moss and McAdams, she would add some welcome diversity to the main ensemble for season two.
Again, neither Moss nor McAdams have formally passed on True Detective season two, so don’t count them out either. Elsewhere, behind the camera, Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious 3-6) is up to direct the first two episodes – maybe more now that his Bourne Legacy sequel has been delayed – so, as indicated before, this next helping of True Detective storytelling is shaping up to feel more than a bit different than season one.
True Detective season two is expected to air on HBO in Summer 2015.
Source: The Wrap