It looks like the search for the female lead in the second season of True Detective is over. Rachel McAdams is the choice for the role and is in talks to join the lauded series when the HBO drama returns next year alongside Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, who have been confirmed, and Taylor Kitsch, who is not official yet.
While the actors for the three main male parts were identified early on, the search for the lead female role was pretty extensive. McAdams was an early frontrunner but she didn’t read and had a potential scheduling issue with a movie. Last week, seven actresses read for creator Nic Pizzolatto. Of them, I hear he was particularly impressed by Brit Marling, who I hear met again. Over the past couple of days, the attention focused on McAdams, Marling as well as a late entry into the fray, Keira Knightley. Word started going around last night that McAdams was the choice and has been offered the role, information that was denied by her reps early this morning and reiterated later — after Variety posted a story claiming McAdams indeed has a formal offer.
The confirmed logline for Season 2 of True Detective is that it revolves around three police officers and a career criminal who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. McAdams would play Ani Bezzerides, described in a circulated breakdown as a tough, no-nonsense Monterey Sheriff who is professional on the job and a drinker and a gambler off work.