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Colin Farrell, Garrett Hedlund, and Taylor Kitsch rumored for True Detective

Jul. 11, 2014by: Alex Maidy

With Emmy nominations reinforcing the critical acclaim for HBO's TRUE DETECTIVE, the first piece of solid casting news has come to light. Deadline is reporting that Colin Farrell is "deep in talks" to take one of the lead roles in the second season of Nic Pizzolato's anthology mystery series. That's right, this time it is not a rumor but rather the first of what is now being reported to be four leads in the upcoming season.

The Wrap is also reporting on the Farrell casting but also throws in the names of Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund as two more potential leads. Those are still rumors at this point but would represent acting choices closer to what we saw in the first season. Prior to TRUE DETECTIVE's premiere, Matthew McConaughey was still reaching for a return to the A-list while Woody Harrelson was firmly entrenched as a supporting player. Now both actors are being looked at as top casting choices through Hollywood again. Farrell, Hedlund, and Kitsch are all just on the outskirts of superstardom with Farrell having been the closest to the top with his numerous roles in films like TOTAL RECALL, MINORITY REPORT, ALEXANDER, and THE NEW WORLD. His recent films have been primarily smaller films like IN BRUGES and SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS. Kitsch is notorious for being the actor Hollywood wanted to hit big and never quite did after box office bombs like JOHN CARTER and BATTLESHIP. He recently turned in strong roles in THE NORMAL HEART and LONE SURVIVOR. Hedlund starred in TRON: LEGACY and several smaller indies since then.

If these three end up being the primary leads for TRUE DETECTIVE's second season, I would be fine with it. All have a ton of potential and could knock it out of the park. If the William Friedkin rumor as director ends up coming to fruition, season two could be a worthy sophomore run for the show.

Source: DeadlineThe Wrap

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12:33PM on 07/13/2014
tooo bad choices, after season 1 actors, i can not call those candidates as "actor"...could' t be worse, they gonna ruin the legacy of the show by cheap, untalented "actors"
tooo bad choices, after season 1 actors, i can not call those candidates as "actor"...could' t be worse, they gonna ruin the legacy of the show by cheap, untalented "actors"
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3:39PM on 07/12/2014
I am fully behind Colin Farrell. He has really blown me away with some of his roles like Saving Mr. Banks, Minority Report, and In Bruges. I suspect that he has the ability to give us something special for season 2 the way that McConaughy and Harrelson did. Hedlund and Kitsch are another story. I won't hate, but nothing that either of them have done has really shown me real acting chops yet. Not bad, but to me, guys like those 2 are a dime a dozen at the moment.
I am fully behind Colin Farrell. He has really blown me away with some of his roles like Saving Mr. Banks, Minority Report, and In Bruges. I suspect that he has the ability to give us something special for season 2 the way that McConaughy and Harrelson did. Hedlund and Kitsch are another story. I won't hate, but nothing that either of them have done has really shown me real acting chops yet. Not bad, but to me, guys like those 2 are a dime a dozen at the moment.
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2:14PM on 07/12/2014
Garrett Hedlund please! Great actor and beautiful to look at!
Garrett Hedlund please! Great actor and beautiful to look at!
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9:57AM on 07/12/2014
Garret Hedlund could be good, with his "Inside Llewin Davis" demeanor. If they go with women, then I like that Emma Stone idea.
Garret Hedlund could be good, with his "Inside Llewin Davis" demeanor. If they go with women, then I like that Emma Stone idea.
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7:43PM on 07/11/2014

Gah!

Wow talk about going from AAA list to B list, honestly I hope none of them get the job, and this is just a smoke screen to throw us off from the real choices.
Wow talk about going from AAA list to B list, honestly I hope none of them get the job, and this is just a smoke screen to throw us off from the real choices.
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7:04PM on 07/11/2014
Better choices out there, but I would actually be intrigued by Taylor and good with Colin. He can act, his films just aren't consistent. I actually want to know when and where the show is set over the cast.

Annnnd, I know he's a bit old, but did anybody thing Woody could pull the Punisher?
Better choices out there, but I would actually be intrigued by Taylor and good with Colin. He can act, his films just aren't consistent. I actually want to know when and where the show is set over the cast.

Annnnd, I know he's a bit old, but did anybody thing Woody could pull the Punisher?
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6:58PM on 07/11/2014

Colin please...

Would give me a good reason to get HBO again, though I can't wait to finally have time to sit down and watch season 1. This far I e avoided all the spoilers...
Would give me a good reason to get HBO again, though I can't wait to finally have time to sit down and watch season 1. This far I e avoided all the spoilers...
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6:43PM on 07/11/2014

wow

If they also threw Alex Pettyfer and Ryan Reynolds on that list, it would be a perfect representation of actors Hollywood keeps forcing on us even though nobody cares enough about them to pay to see their movies.
If they also threw Alex Pettyfer and Ryan Reynolds on that list, it would be a perfect representation of actors Hollywood keeps forcing on us even though nobody cares enough about them to pay to see their movies.
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6:22PM on 07/11/2014
If there's an Alexandra Daddario type of role for this season, I think that should go to Brooklyn Decker which would reunite her with Kitsch as well as allow her to present her, um, acting credentials.
If there's an Alexandra Daddario type of role for this season, I think that should go to Brooklyn Decker which would reunite her with Kitsch as well as allow her to present her, um, acting credentials.
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6:18PM on 07/11/2014
Honestly... not to sound like a dick... but with the exception of maybe Farrell... none of these guys can hold a candle to Rust Cohle. I'd rather see a completely from left field but extremely capable and qualified choice like Joaquin Phoenix.
Honestly... not to sound like a dick... but with the exception of maybe Farrell... none of these guys can hold a candle to Rust Cohle. I'd rather see a completely from left field but extremely capable and qualified choice like Joaquin Phoenix.
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5:33PM on 07/11/2014
I really want Kistch to get the respect he deserves. I feel that people bash on him too much. I can see him in this along with Ferrel.
I really want Kistch to get the respect he deserves. I feel that people bash on him too much. I can see him in this along with Ferrel.
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5:30PM on 07/11/2014
Farrell is at his best when he's playing a villain. When he's the lead good guy, you get bland performances like The Recruit, Total Recall, SWAT, etc. So if he's in the show as some type of bad guy, I'm ok with it.
Hedlund and Kitsch could potentially work, but was hoping for some bigger names in the lead.
Farrell is at his best when he's playing a villain. When he's the lead good guy, you get bland performances like The Recruit, Total Recall, SWAT, etc. So if he's in the show as some type of bad guy, I'm ok with it.
Hedlund and Kitsch could potentially work, but was hoping for some bigger names in the lead.
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4:27PM on 07/11/2014
I would be fine with all three of these guys signing up for season two. They are all talented and would all own their roles. And it would be nice to see Kitsch get on a good streak again after having some of his films underperform recently.
I would be fine with all three of these guys signing up for season two. They are all talented and would all own their roles. And it would be nice to see Kitsch get on a good streak again after having some of his films underperform recently.
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4:12PM on 07/11/2014

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I agree. Would like to see Hedlund in this as well. He has potential.

And Farrell was really good in "In Bruges".
I agree. Would like to see Hedlund in this as well. He has potential.

And Farrell was really good in "In Bruges".
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3:31PM on 07/11/2014
Garret Hedlund is actually really good as the gang leader Billy Darley in Death Sentence. He's almost unrecognizable in it, and should do more roles that don't require him just to be the bland, pretty boy lead.
Garret Hedlund is actually really good as the gang leader Billy Darley in Death Sentence. He's almost unrecognizable in it, and should do more roles that don't require him just to be the bland, pretty boy lead.
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3:10PM on 07/11/2014
Kitsch isn't really fit to be a movie star. TV is perfect for him. If you disagree, watch Friday Night Lights. He was great in it.
Kitsch isn't really fit to be a movie star. TV is perfect for him. If you disagree, watch Friday Night Lights. He was great in it.
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3:01PM on 07/11/2014
Colin Farrell would actually be a great casting decision. Can't say that about the other guys though. They're okay but they can't bring the power that Mac or Woody brought
Colin Farrell would actually be a great casting decision. Can't say that about the other guys though. They're okay but they can't bring the power that Mac or Woody brought
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2:59PM on 07/11/2014
Colin Farrell would actually be a great casting decision. Can't say that about the other guys though. They're okay but they can't bring the power that Mac or Woody brought
Colin Farrell would actually be a great casting decision. Can't say that about the other guys though. They're okay but they can't bring the power that Mac or Woody brought
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2:53PM on 07/11/2014
BOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Colin Farrell is cool, but fuck Taylor Kitsch.
BOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Colin Farrell is cool, but fuck Taylor Kitsch.
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