The second season of HBO’s True Detective has already locked in its male leads, and now Deadline reports that four new names have entered negotiations. With a Friday table read – wherein the cast read through the script – in place, it makes sense for news to leak of who’ll exactly be involved. Currently finalizing a deal to secure a regular role is Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Eden Lake), with Abigail Spencer (This Is Where I Leave You), Leven Rambin (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Michael Irby (Almost Human) in the running for supporting parts.
Reilly and Spencer have been previously linked to the Nic Pizzolatto-created show, back when a preliminary list of actresses made its way online. Still ironing out the creases in her contract, Reilly is slated to play “the self-possessed Morgan.” While the character descriptions are still unconfirmed at this stage, it’s still exciting to hear the types of people who’ll be populating this new True Detective world. Spencer is in line to play “the survivor of a sexual attack,” Rambin “a beauty with a history of drug problems,” and Irby is touted for the role of [rumored series star Rachel] “McAdams’ partner, now named Elvis.” The latter three are all currently on the verge of signing deals.
In the director’s chair for the first two episodes will be Justin Lin. Leaving the brightly-lit, fast-paced world of Fast & Furious behind, he’ll be tackling a far murkier subject matter altogether. Season two’s story will leave behind the McConaughey-Harrelson storyline from season one, and instead revolve around three police officers and a career criminal who “must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are thought to be playing the cops, with Vince Vaughn on track to portray the career criminal.
We’ll keep you posted when any of these casting announcements for True Detective season two are confirmed.