Colin Farrell Will Now Provide All Our ‘True Detective’ News

By  · Published on September 22nd, 2014

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If Colin Farrell is really serious with this True Detective business, he’s going to have learn how to shut up (or at least willfully misdirect his audience) sooner rather than later. Farrell has been in the possible casting mix for the critically acclaimed HBO series’ second season since July, and while we’ve heard plenty of rumors as to who else could star in the series, Farrell is the first “confirmed” member of the cast. Well, that’s what Farrell says.

The actor told Sunday World’s “The Dub” (uh) that he’s set for the show, reportedly sharing with the outlet: “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.” Desperate for more details? Well, too bad, because that’s pretty much all “The Dub” is willing to share unless you’re willing to pay to become a member of their “exclusive club” (is this True Detective cosplay?). Don’t want to shell out actual pounds for that? Neither are we, so here is the full text of the non-exclusive article: “Colin Farrell is the latest Hollywood star to make the move to the small screen, the Sunday World can exclusively reveal. The Dub last night confirmed he’s been cast in HBO’s award-winning True Detective and added: ‘I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.’ The actor has signed up to star in the series, which has become the hottest new show on television.” We have questions.

HBO and creator Nic Pizzolatto have not yet confirmed the news, but if Colin Farrell wants to take up the mantle of “official True Detective news-bearer,” that’s cool, too. Hey, say Colin, any word on other possible castmates like Elisabeth Moss, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch? No? Okay.

Casting rumors have abounded for months now, and although we’re taking this Farrell news with a grain of salt – much like last week’s buzz that a whole mess of other actresses were in the mix, thanks to an admittedly intriguing report by TheWrap. (Did you miss that one? That report held that Moss and McAdams are out, and some possible female leads include Brit Marling, Oona Chaplin, Kelly Reilly, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman and Jamie Alexander. Yes, that’s a hell of a mixed bag.) At this point, all we know is that the series’ female lead is (per Vanity Fair) “a Monterey sheriff with a troubled past that has led her to a gambling and alcohol addiction.” Farrell and whoever joins him as his partner will be tasked with solving “the bloody murder of a corrupt city businessman found dead the night before a major transportation deal.”

Back in May, we mused about some possible directions the new season could take, partially helped along by Pizzolatto telling HitFix that this season would be about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Gosh, what’s sexier than the American transportation system? Although we still don’t know exactly what that means – hell, we might not know what it all means when we’re actually watching the damn show – it seems that our big hopes that it would involve Route 66 are probably just that: dreams. We do know that a lot of the show will take place in Los Angeles, and the inclusion of a Monterey sheriff means we’ll also be traveling up to the Central Coast. So a plot about a Los Angeles to Las Vegas supertrain is out? What about a party bus?

The series will reportedly last eight episodes and take about five months to film. If Farrell really is on board, that only means we’re due for more official casting announcements (and soon), so gear up your thinking caps and dream scenario-making machines, team, we’re about to go back down the True Detective rabbit hole.

(Still, can someone make a creepy show about the history of Route 66? Thanks.)

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