HBO hasn't made an official announcement yet, but its being reported this morning that Rachel McAdams has been offered the female lead role in Season 2 of True Detective. The actress is close to signing on, and we should have a definite answer sometime very soon.
Just yesterday, it was said that Keira Knightley had entered the race for the coveted role, auditioning alongside a number of actress both well known and somewhat obscure. Elisabeth Moss was the most popular choice, with Rosario Dawson also said to be a strong contender. Other auditioning actresses included Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, and Jamie Alexander, Oona Chaplin, Brit Marling, and Kelly Reilly.
If Rachel McAdams officially signs on, she will join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn who were both officially confirmed by HBO earlier in the week. Taylor Kitsch is expected to take the fourth lead role.
Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is directing the first two episodes of the new season, written by creator Nic Pizzolatto. The story is set in the lesser known areas of California and will revolve around three police officers of different rankings investigating the murder that occurs as a new high-speed railway system promises to change public transportation forever.
Rachel McAdams is expected to play Ani Bezzerides, a small town sheriff with a tough demeanor who has a drinking and gambling problem that stems from her abusive childhood. She will be investigating the murder alongside Colin Farrell's Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. His younger partner will be played by Taylor Kitsch. Vince Vaughn is set to play Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.
Rachel McAdams is next set to star in an untitled drama for Cameron Crowe and just wrapped on the boxing drama Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal. She was most recently seen in A Most Wanted Man opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.