“True Detective” Season 2 may have found its leading man. After months of casting rumors, Colin Farrell has reportedly confirmed that he has signed on to star in the HBO series.
The 38-year-old Irish actor revealed the news to Sunday World newspaper over the weekend. “I’m doing the second series,” he allegedly stated. “I’m so excited. I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot.”
Fans of “True Detective” shouldn’t get excited too fast – HBO has not announced Farrell’s addition to Season 2. A spokesperson for HBO told TVLine that they were unable to confirm the actor’s casting.
Series creator Nic Pizzolatto confirmed to HitFix in March that the second season of “True Detective” would be about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”
Rumors of Colin Farrell’s casting sparked in early July. Deadline reported at the time that the actor was “deep in negotiations” to tackle one of the leading roles. The alleged part is that of Ray Velcoro, the Season 2 “damaged” detective who is said to suffer from anger management and have a cocaine problem.
Farrell isn’t the only actor whose name has been floating around for “True Detective.” Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”) are also rumored to be signing on for Season 2. Vaughn is allegedly in negotiations to play the villain in the mini-series, Frank Semyon. The character is said to be a former “thug-turned-businessman” who is using his political connections to profit off of a high-speed railway system between southern and northern California.
Fans of the HBO drama still have some time before the second season airs. HBO programming director Michael Lombardo revealed that the show is aiming for a summer 2015 premiere date.
“We’re going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer,” Lombardo told fans at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “[It has] different characters, a different setting. It’s set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that’s probably all I’m allowed to say.”
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