Colin Farrell Spills the Beans About 'True Detective' Season 2

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After all the crazed speculation over who will star in the hugely-anticipated second season of True Detective, it looks like Colin Farrell has let the cat out of the bag. I really would have expected the series creator and HBO to make the announcement, but in an interview with Ireland’s Sunday World over the weekend, Farrell confirmed he's nabbed what must have been one of Hollywood's hottest casting opportunities.

It's hard to imagine anyone filling Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's shoes after they pretty much set our televisions on fire in season one, but I'm excited about seeing what Farrell can do. After a so-so early career, I think roles like his character in In Bruges show he can pull off the gritty, deeply weird True Detective vibe.


I don't know if he spoke out of turn or if this is in fact how HBO decided to officially release the first bit of casting news, but over the weekend Farrell said,

I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited ... I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids. These are early days and all the powers that be are working out locations and schedules and trying to lock down the cast.

The reason it's a little odd that he just sort of mentioned it in an interview -- surprise! -- is because there have been so MANY rumors about who will play the lead. Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, and Christian Bale have all been mentioned at one point or another, along with several other A-listers.

We don't yet know what role Farrell will play, although it's believed he's been cast as the older policeman in a detective trio working to solve the grisly murder of Ben Caspar, a corrupt city councillor whose death leads them into an occult underworld tied to the city's transportation system. The other detectives are a young man and a hard-drinking female, and word on the street is that we may be learning those roles belong to Taylor Kitsch and Elizabeth Moss. (What's the fourth central role? I'm not sure.)

In addition to the new cast and storyline, season two of True Detective will see a changed creative process: while Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of season one, creator Nic Pizzolatto and Fukunaga have confirmed that the new season will feature a few different directors.

It remains to be seen if all these changes will add up to an amazing viewing experience that's distinct but not inferior to season one -- or if we're all going to be savagely disappointed, wishing for the return of Rust Cohle, and crying into our Big Hug mugs. I'm hopeful about the addition of Farrell, though, and I can't wait to see if he's going to be saddled with some of those brilliantly bizarre lines from the first season. After all, things that labor under the illusion of having a self, an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody, right? *inhales cigarette* Also you gotta be able to spot crazy pussy when you need to.

What do you think about Colin Farrell in the next season of True Detective? Yay or nay?

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