HBO has kept a tight lid on any spoilers about Season 2 of “True Detective,” but one thing seems certain – fans will see a whole new Rachel McAdams. In what appears to be a direct response to criticism of Season 1’s lack of complex female characters, McAdams’ Ani Bezzerides will bring a new kind of leading lady to the highly anticipated series’ follow up season.
McAdams may be famous for playing the girlie girl in various film roles, such as “Mean Girls,” “The Notebook,” and “About Time,” but there will be no dresses or boyfriends here. McAdams will be unrecognizable in her new role as a Ventura, California police officer.
"I love that she's not the girlfriend or the wife,” McAdams told Marie Claire. “She doesn't really care what everyone thinks; she feels no responsibility for other people's feelings. She's not trying to be charming, which isn't always the case with a leading lady."
Season 1 of “True Detective” took some heat for only featuring one fully developed female character – Marty Hart’s (Woody Harrelson) wife Maggie, played by Michelle Monaghan. Plus, though relatively complex, the character fit the stereotype of the battered wife a bit too closely for many progressive minded viewers.
In the Season 2 trailer, McAdams' Ani is seen with a pistol drawn in a bulletproof vest leading a group of fellow male cops on a raid. It seems safe to say that “True Detective” will deliver a strong female character this season.
Watch the trailer for Season 2 of “True Detective” below:
In addition to being tough, McAdams’ character might just be evil. Her Marie Claire interview produced one cryptic quote that is sure to have fans searching for answers.
"I prefer to be a villainess,” said McAdams. “There's something a bit more delicious about their wickedness."
Will McAdams be one of the show’s villains? Fans will have to wait to find out. Season 2 of “True Detective” premieres on HBO on June 21.