‘True Detective’: Rachel McAdams Closes in on Female Lead Role (EXCLUSIVE)

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Rachel McAdams is said to be locking down a lead role in season 2 of HBO’s “True Detective.”

Sources tell Variety HBO has offered McAdams the part opposite Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. Taylor Kitsch is expected to land the role of the fourth lead.

Though HBO recently announced Farrell and Vaughn as the show’s leads, sources say fans could have a similar response to the female lead as they did to Matthew McConaughey’s part as Rust Cohle in season 1.

Several other actresses have been considered for the part, including Jessica Biel and Malin Akerman, but McAdams has been seen as the front-runner for the past few weeks. HBO could not immediately be reached for comment.

It came down to scheduling, as insiders tell Variety McAdams was about to start filming “Spotlight,” the drama revolving around the Catholic Church sex scandal uncovered by the Boston Globe, and it was unknown whether dates could be worked out for McAdams to do that film and “True Detective.” Sources say that in the past 24 hours, a deal was worked out where the actress could do both projects.

Justin Lin is set to direct the first two episodes of season 2. “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto has been busy writing the second season, which is set in California and revolves around three police officers and a career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

McAdams and Kitsch are expected to play cops alongside Farrell, while Vaughn plays the crime boss whose empire is threatened when his partner is murdered.

McAdams, repped by WME and Magnolia Entertainment, is already set to have a busy 2015 with the untitled Cameron Crowe pic and the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing pic “Southpaw” both bowing next year. She was most recently seen opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in “A Most Wanted Man.”

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  1. Lori Wasielewski says:

    Well this show is my favorite show. I am not happy woody and Mathew are not coming back. I won’t even watch it anymore. Having a girl is stupid. After the excellent acting my Mathew and Woody. NO ONE WILL COME CLOSE TO THAT TALENT.

  2. Peter says:

    I don’t think she will be in the show. She was strongly considered but withdrew from the running because of scheduling conflicts as she was interested in doing another project after Spotlight and didnt want to overwork herself. It seems like she enjoys taking time off.

  3. Guest says:

    Meh. Probably the best of the cast confirmed so far and that’s saying something. Vince Vaughn can’t act, Farrell is an okay actor but wouldn’t have been my top choice and I don’t know who Kitsch is. Hopefully the writing saves it…

  4. charcramer says:

    Love Rachel McAdams! Great choice.

  5. Bri says:

    Luke Bracy as one of the cops…………

  6. I.R. Blas says:

    I was hoping Jessica Chastain, a much better actress…..

  7. Ella says:

    I’m definitely going to watch Season 2. I missed Season 1 but I love Rachel. Great choice!

  8. Jason says:

    Bleh. Definitely not going to be as good as season 1. Vince Vaughn isn’t even a good comedy actor let alone this follow up season to a major drama. Hopefully the writing will save it. I will still watch.

  9. War says:

    Im glad about this, Ive seen there is some hate to Rachel, for some reason, so Im glad she’s joined this great proyect to show a new side of her as an actress, that will hopefully help her get better roles after the season

  10. Woody McBongo says:

    This is good. There’s something a bit haunted about Rachel that hasn’t really been tapped into yet.

  11. wilboniswilbon says:

    i look forward to much explicit nudity and explicit sex scenes on the part of rachel mcadams! get ready to take your clothes off, honey – woo hoo!

  12. mla28ny says:

    Whatever the merits of this “Chinatown” ripoff, I don’t expect it to have any serious minority roles. My only question is to HBO, if a minority writer with the same amount of experience as Pizzolato came to you with a similar project as this but with minority actors, would you buy it?

  13. Peggy says:

    Taylor Kitsch? Isn’t he the guy that failed at a movie career? As a matter of fact, haven’t ALL OF THEM with the exception of Rachel, FAILED at a movie career? Her role better be spectacular for her to be opposite these guys.

  14. guest says:

    why wasn’t kitsch confirmed ages ago? his name has been floated around for months. what is the hold up? and can’t there be any actors of color in this? it’s ridiculous.

  15. Tom Cruise says:

    No, no no no no please no

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