Colin Farrell confirms his role in True Detective series 2

The Phone Booth actor has revealed will take one of the leads in the crime drama's second series - but the rumour mill keeps spinning

At last! One of the pieces in the True Detective casting puzzle is in place. And it’s Colin Farrell-shaped. The In Bruges star has confirmed that he will take one of the lead roles in the second series of the hit US crime drama.

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“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,” said Farrell. “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,” he told Sunday World.

Farrell is the only one of the rumoured leads to have said he’ll definitely be in the show. Vinca Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch, also tipped for a detective role, are likely to be involved but are still unconfirmed.

What we’re really interested in now is which female will play opposite Farrell as “a Monterey sheriff with a troubled past that has led her to a gambling and alcohol addiction”? Since we wrote about the rumour that Rachel McAdams might take the role, The Wrap has reported that the seven actresses in the running are Jessica Biel, Brit Marling, Oona Chaplin, Kelly Reilly, Malin Ackerman, Jaime Alexander, and Rosario Dawson. Elisabeth Moss is also tipped for the part. 

Whoever she is, we expect that like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in series one, this female detective will spend quite a bit of time with her co-star, knocking back whisky in rural desert bars and discussing their latest lead on the grisly murder they’re investigating. 

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So let’s hope Farrell has indeed got the ball rolling with casting confirmations because we can’t wait to find out more.