Published: Monday July 14, 2014 MYT 1:30:00 PM
Updated: Monday July 14, 2014 MYT 2:05:00 PM

Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch in talks to join 'True Detective'

Colin Farrell in 'Saving Mr Banks'.

Colin Farrell in 'Saving Mr Banks'.

Producers have started recruiting actors to star in the critically-acclaimed show’s Season 2.

Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the second season of HBO’s True Detective, an individual familiar with the series told TheWrap, while Taylor Kitsch is also the leading candidate for the younger male lead.

An HBO spokesperson told TheWrap “there is no news to confirm on the casting”. Insiders tell TheWrap that HBO was intent on landing a true movie star, someone who could play rugged and gritty, and they’ve done just that with Farrell, who is nearing a deal for the series’ older male lead.

While Farrell’s last movie, Winter’s Tale, bombed in theatres, its failure can’t really be attributed to Farrell, who won a Golden Globe for In Bruges and is coming off an acclaimed supporting performance in Saving Mr Banks. Kitsch is coming off strong notices for his performance as a young gay man in HBO’s The Normal Heart. While his two movie star vehicles, Battleship and John Carter, did not live up to the expectations created by their hefty budgets, Kitsch displayed solid chops on NBC’s Friday Night Lights and in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor.

Taylor Kitsch in Lone Survivor.

Berg, of course, just worked with HBO on The Leftovers. Garrett Hedlund has also been rumoured to be in contention for True Detective but Kitsch is strongly believed to have an edge on the coveted role.

True Detective earned multiple nominations in this year’s Emmy – as announced last week – including nods for Best Drama Series and lead actors Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, neither of whom will return for the second season, which will be set in California.

HBO had a high bar to clear for the second season, initially pursuing both Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain. Those actors passed on the project due to scheduling issues, as True Detective will require a significant time commitment, according to sources.

While creator Nic Pizzolatto indicated Thursday that there are four leads, those familiar with the second season’s scripts have told TheWrap that there are three leads (two men and one woman), with Farrell’s character serving as the primary focus. — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: TV, Entertainment, Taylor Kitsch, Colin Farrell, True Detective, HBO

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