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Colin Farrell Puts On Badge For 'True Detective' Season 2, Taylor Kitsch In Contention For Role

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 11, 2014 1:47 PM
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“The two scripts we have … I hate to jinx it … they are more exciting than the first season,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo bold said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills yesterday about the second season of "True Detective." (via EW) But the question on everybody's mind is: who is going to take over from the fantastic performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? Well, we might have our answer.

The Wrap is reporting that Colin Farrell is in talks for one of the lead roles on the next season of "True Detective," with Taylor Kitsch in the mix for one of the other characters, with Garrett Hedlund also apparently rumored. In case you missed the news yesterday, series writer Nic Pizzolatto stated that his scope of the story, set in California (though not necessarily dealing with the transportation industry anymore), had expanded to "four central roles." And frankly, it's a great opportunity for Farrell, who is a really good talent, stuck lately in much lesser films (seriously, go outside his Hollywood efforts and check out his indie fare for his true skills). And HBO seems to suggest there could be more big names coming. As for Kitsch, with the right guiding hand, he can be very compelling as well.

“The people we will cast will be well-known names, but [casting stars] wasn’t our ambition,” Lombardo said. “Great writing attracts great actors…"

Thoughts? Leave 'em below.

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  • Pete | July 13, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    Horrible choices. Neither Farrell or Kitsch are great actors, and neither of them are interesting or funny or relevant. I have a feeling this second season is gonna crash and burn pretty fast.

  • Julian Walker | July 13, 2014 5:34 PMReply

    Not too crazy about Taylor Kitsch, I'd rather see Hedlund in a role in this series. Colin Farrell is an interesting casting choice.

  • MD | July 13, 2014 2:38 AMReply

    I'd be interested in seeing Taylor kitsch in one of the lead roles in season two. He was fantastic in the HBO original movie The Normal Heart. I really underestimated his acting ability before I saw him in that. Colin Farrell is an interesting choice too. I never was a Matthew McConaughey fan, (I haven't gotten a chance to see Dallas Buyer's Club yet), but I was blown away by his performance as Rust Cole. I liked Farrell in In Bruges and I think he got a chance to demonstrate some of his acting range in that movie, but admittedly I can't say I've seen a lot of his films. It'd be interesting to see him in a lead role in True Detective.

  • Mara | July 13, 2014 1:45 AMReply

    I'm disappointed in this casting choice. Colin Farrell hasn't turned in a riveting performance in any film I've seen him in . In Brugges was good, but not great, and the other two men mentioned I've never even heard of. What a let down from Woody and Matthew. I doubt I'll be tuning in this season. McConaughey's performance was exceptional. Harrelson's acting was never better, and the interaction between the two actors was what made True Detective truly worth watching. This rag tag group of has beens and unknowns just doesn't make me want to watch. I can't imagine there weren't better known and more talented actors out there who could have been cast.

  • Cd | July 13, 2014 12:04 AMReply

    Would love to see Hedlund. He's done great work since Tron in Llewyn Davis, Country Strong, Death Sentence, Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers, the list goes on. A show like this could really get the exposure to help him take off. Kitsch isn't bad and neither is Farrell but I'd like to see someone who hasn't had their shot. Hedlund hasn't had the chance to headline big movies like the others. Would be cool to see him headline or co-head this show.

  • JM | July 12, 2014 11:16 PMReply

    I'm not sure the first season can be topped, but Taylor and Colin can play
    Pissed off very well, and the writing is so good I think everybody will be surprised.
    In a good way. I look forward to season 2.
    I'm actually watching E1 and E2 right now :)

  • MD | July 13, 2014 2:46 AM

    Lol, I am too. I actually got the DVD box set for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, but I like it so much that'll pretty much always watch it when it's on. Some shows are so good that even repeats are sometimes the best thing on tv.

  • LA2000 | July 12, 2014 2:09 PMReply

    Central to the magic of season 1 was the decision to give the entire season to a single director. Dumping this element would be like leaving the beef out of your beef stew.

    So before casting the second season, perhaps they should line up that visionary director who will ultimately be responsible for making it work, rather than shackling him or her to actors thought expeditious by HBO.

  • J.K. | July 12, 2014 1:59 PMReply

    Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are both brilliant with good material. I would love to see what they can do with Nic Pizzolato's stunning narrative and dialogue. Sign them up and get to work so they can blow us away on Sunday nights and put some of this mean-spirited internet chatter to rest. I'm glad people are demanding good roles for women, but I'm willing to cut Nic Pizzolato some slack on his women because he's genius with men on a level rarely seen. It's an uphill climb but we women need to be diligent, unrelenting, and write great roles for women ourselves.

  • EB | July 12, 2014 1:09 PMReply

    There is no one more perfect. I was nervous for the second season--how could the first be topped? With Colin, however, the show has a shot at going to the level it needs, and deserves, to be at for this upcoming season. Verdict: I approve. (His potential casting is not only deliciously unexpected, but very exciting-- if he kills it, it's gonna be a second TD season worth watching)

  • taniacinque | July 12, 2014 12:15 PMReply

    Did they just go through the "most boring actors in Hollywood" file? When do the rumors about Skeet Ulrich start? Hoping these rumors are just as fake as the Jessica Chastain ones. (Yes, I know McConaughey's career wasn't the best for a while, but he was never that dull and he'd been working on better stuff and doing great work for a while before TD).

  • lee | July 12, 2014 7:47 AMReply

    My anxiety is that an opening season with Harrelson & McConaughey set the bar too high, they produced as well, though poss that was more financial than creative. Also has anyone defended the representation of women in season one? The season felt to me very much a psychological study of the two men with women depicted through the filter of two very screwed up male perspectives. Don't see an issue with shows exploring male perspectives, as long as we start seeing more shows exploring female points of view.

  • yeahhh | July 12, 2014 3:26 AMReply

    Fu<k yes Farrell is an inspired choice. I like Kitsch too, though I haven't seen him in much

  • LA2000 | July 12, 2014 1:29 AMReply

    If "great writing attracts great actors," the headline would be about Joaquin Phoenix joining the second season, not Colin Farrell.

    Every actor looking to hit the reset button on their career will be lining up, begging for a piece of the second season. Hearing of the potential participation of actors at the level of Farrell (whether you think him talented or not) is to be expected. We will know the script is looking great when they land an actor who doesn't need a credibility boost.

  • cg | July 11, 2014 11:50 PMReply

    I don't understand the grumbling about Farrell being cast. He has great range (I'll admit when he first arrived he wore out his welcome with all the terrible tent-pole movies, but in the last 8 or so years he's really knocked it out of the park.) MM got his comeback and I think Farrell deserves a chance to showcase what he's capable of. As far as Kitsch goes, with a tight script and a good co-star, he might be just fine. I trust in the writing and the directing.

  • Rob | July 11, 2014 10:43 PMReply

    Casting Colin Farrell in any role is suicide.

  • yer | July 11, 2014 9:24 PMReply

    Kitsch sucks, Farrell is fine though.

  • NG | July 11, 2014 6:46 PMReply

    So much for the next season centred around stronger female characters. Nic Pizzolatto, what happened?

  • Your mom | July 11, 2014 6:53 PM

    It's called the female lead hasn't been cast yet, dummy.

  • woew | July 11, 2014 4:32 PMReply

    Wow. Kitsch and Farrell are awful. Talentless pretty boys....was in Winter's Tale or Total Recall that conviced HBO? Maybe Alexander? Alexander: Ultimate Cut? Daredevil?

  • Mcduck | July 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    Honestly I wasnt too happy about the choices. But I think its cause bar was set by the choices in the others. both were seasoned and proven actors. Its not that colin is bad he's just made really bad choices. Liked him in Tigerland, In bruge, dead man down, horrible bosses and pride and glory. But he does have some shitty. I think we expect more from him. Taylor could be a pleasant surprise. Garret Hedlund would be cool to see. The height difference might be an issue.. may be. Wanted a joaquin phoenix or christian bale. But im optimistic
    @UGH Definitely wasnt a come back for Woody. The dude has been working constantly for some years now and he rarely turns in a bad performance. Guess you could use comeback for Mathew but turned in great performances in like five films in a short period of time. But yeah his performance in TD was magical. A gift to television.

  • Stephen | July 11, 2014 6:45 PM

    Yep, and HBO has said it was Failure To Launch and Surfer Dude that convinced them on McCanoughey and Harrelson. But Pizzolatto should second guess himself, now that "WOEW" of The Internets has spoken.

  • Ugh | July 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    Pretty sure people said the exact same shit about McConaughey & Harrelson before both and their comeback (partially thanks to True Detective).

    Hell, before he turned his career around starting with Killer Joe McConaughey had done films a lot worse than Farrel's biggest failures. Ever heard of Tiptoes?

  • miggy | July 11, 2014 4:36 PM

    Or maybe it was In Bruges, Cassandra's Dream, The New World, Ondine?

  • Stephen | July 11, 2014 4:16 PMReply

    Spot on. Would personally like for Kitsch haters to have to eat crow, just like those who used to bash McConaughey's chops.

  • Stephen | July 12, 2014 7:01 PM

    @Emperor Zerg Rush:
    Here are some films during the period you reference: Lone Star, Contact, Amistad, The Newton Brothers, Frailty, Reign of Fire. There are not good ones too, but it seems like he was trying to me. Business is tough, and working is better than not working. It is not unusual to go through a period where you take what you can get.

    Late 2000's were pretty bad for him, but he was involved in Dallas Buyers since at least 2008. He always had the ability, just maybe not the availability.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | July 12, 2014 1:09 AM

    McConaughey was deserving of it though thanks to his ability to take a role through much of the 90s and early 2000s that didn't challenge him to do more than look good on camera. It was like watching someone put their career on life support.

  • bob | July 11, 2014 3:16 PMReply

    taylor kitsch better get this damn part or i'm going to be furious.

  • taylor | July 11, 2014 2:59 PMReply

    Kitsch instead of Hedlund? lol Pass.

  • Port | July 11, 2014 2:37 PMReply

    Thank god they're not going with all female leads. Would have been a really annoying thing we would have to hear about all season

  • Stephen | July 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    Maybe, but if female casting opportunities weren't so horrible there would be nothing to talk about. Your argument is similar to the logic of the "gays are always shoving it down our throats" schtick.

  • Washington | July 11, 2014 3:17 PM

    oh no it would of been annoying for you to hear about thank god the boys club is safe

  • Crizz | July 11, 2014 2:15 PMReply

    TAYLOR KITSCH is a talentless meathead... Let's hope they pair FARRELL with someone more interesting...

  • J | July 13, 2014 1:37 PM

    Choice words for a critic... did you think that up in your underwear?

  • dude | July 11, 2014 3:19 PM

    i'm giving you the middle finger behind my keyboard right now.

  • Mitchell | July 11, 2014 2:09 PMReply

    Misleading headline. Got excited thinking Farrell was confirmed.

  • Davey | July 11, 2014 2:09 PMReply

    Oh man. I love this. I hope it's real. Farrell is one of the best and one of the most generally miscast actors working today. He would absolutely kill in something like this. I can't wait.

  • sab | July 11, 2014 2:01 PMReply

    This casting is great ss far as I'm concerned but, ad previously mentioned where is the female role??

  • Pete | July 11, 2014 1:53 PMReply

    What happened to getting female leads this season?

    Either way, I like the idea of Kitsch playing detective, but I'm not so thrilled about Farrell. Never understood that guy's appeal.

  • colton | July 11, 2014 3:24 PM

    A lot of people were saying that about McConaughey a little while ago..

  • Elcoolguy | July 11, 2014 2:09 PM

    not saying criticism isn't warranted for his certain roles and script choices but you should check out In Bruges if you haven't already.

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