Irish film star Colin Farrell is in advanced discussions to join the cast of HBO’s hit series True Detective. The anthology series gained critic and audience approval in its first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The HBO product garnered 12 Emmy nominations, including best series and best actor in a drama for both McConaughey and Harrelson. Given the anthology nature of the show, creator Nic Pizzolatto must reload his cast and story entirely for the second season. The first season was a huge success for the cable network. With the average number of viewers at 11 million a show, HBO has not seen those kind of numbers for a new show since 2001 and the kick-off of Six Feet Under.
Pizzolatto will have his work cut out for him as he tries to recreate the magic for the second season of True Detective. Most successful series can ride the success of characters and storylines for quite a while. The anthology format puts the most pressure on Pizzolatto in his role as lead writer. He is required to reformulate everything. He recently admitted trashing early script efforts for the second season after he realized he was pitching his work towards previous criticisms and fan expectations. Pizzolatto and HBO are mostly close-mouthed about the second season other than saying the show will be set in California, in mostly off the beaten path locales, with three main characters.
Much speculation has occurred surrounding the casting for season two of True Detective, and now Colin Farrell has emerged as one of the stars as his representatives work to finalize negotiations for his role. Similar to McConaughey and Harrelson, Farrell brings a big screen background to the HBO series. With the first season comprising eight episodes and the second likely slated for a similar number, the anthology format holds a certain appeal to film stars. Signing on to this type of TV series is not a huge time commitment and HBO offers a wide audience primed to watch the crime psycho drama. Other actors rumored to have an interest in the second installment of the HBO hit include Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin and Jessica Chastain.
Farrell recently worked with Chastain in the just completed Miss Julie. The film is slated for release later in 2014. Chastain is the title character of the film set in the 1890’s in which she is the daughter of an aristocrat who seduces her father’s valet as played by Farrell. The period piece comes on the heels of a supporting role for Farrell in Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s efforts to persuade Pamela Travers to sell the screen rights to the Mary Poppins stories. Farrell plays Travers’ father in the film.
As the excitement of True Detective fans builds for a second season, they will likely be pleased that Colin Farrell has been included for a lead role and is finalizing a deal with HBO. Nic Pizzolatto will have a tough job to start nearly from scratch to build another winner for season two. Everyone anxiously awaits word on the other two stars of the show. The two slots will likely go to popular actors looking for a short stint on a critically acclaimed TV show.
By William Costolo