‘True Detective’: Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly Confirmed for Season 2

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HBO has rounded out the cast of “True Detective,” tapping Kelly Reilly for a key role as wife of the crime boss played by Vince Vaughn.

Reilly will play Jordan, described as a former D-list actress who is an active partner in the criminal enterprises run by her husband, Frank Semyon.

HBO has also confirmed at long last that Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams are co-starring the sophomore season of “True Detective” opposite Vaughn and Colin Farrell. Production on the eight-episode season has begun in California, HBO said Monday.

Variety first reported that McAdams was in talks for the role in September. Taylor Kitsch also said himself last month that he was joining the cast.

Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol on the run from a difficult past.

McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. Presumably, she goes up against Farrell’s Ray Velcoro, who is described as a corrupt detective ruled by Semyon.

The casting on “True Detective’s” second installment have dribbled out over the summer and early fall amid feverish speculation about the show’s next incarnation. There’s no word yet on a premiere date.

Correction: A previous version of this post said the show had been set for January premiere. HBO has yet to formally announce a premiere date.

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  1. B says:

    I don’t think McAdams is a good fit for this AT ALL! I feel she will ruin this season and make it less than it could have ever been.

  2. Lisa ishop says:

    not sure anyone can top true detectives season1 !! Matthew was on fire and the entire dynamic of it kept you on the edgeof your seat! but i will give season2 a try, who knows??

  3. Joe says:

    Ugh… Rachel McAdams. May not watch show. It will be like watching Notebook or Mean Girls on HBO.

  4. Flavorabledeez says:

    What’s of more concern to me than the actors involved is the writing and directing. Last I read they were still planning on switching directors halfway through filming and their original choice had last done a Fast and Furious movie (because those are known for amazing directing *fart noise*).
    As far as the writing goes it depends on who Nic Pizzolatto decides to plagiarize this time. Not harping on the guy, inspiration comes from all over, and in the end it made for great television. I’d just like to see him give credit to those inspirations, especially when they’re used nearly word for word.

  5. loco73 says:

    Well a bit better news with the casting than what we’ve had in the past. Taylor Kitsch, as Collin Farrell, can be either hit or miss, i..e. “Lone Survivor” (or “The Normal Heart) versus “Battleship”…and so is Rachel McAdams, who though imbued with a lot of potential and after showing such promise in “Mean Girls”, went ahead and wasted her talent in a number of meaningless and mind-numbing romcoms, but has managed to break that cycle more recently, for example, with roles like the one opposite the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of the year’s best movies “A Most Wanted Man”…

    Vince Vaughn remains the unknown factor. Let’s be honest, you don’t often think Vince Vaughn and actin ability in the same sentence. He carved out a niche type of “the friendly slacker” character, to which he religiosly clung in various cinematic iterations. Listng all those type of movies would take too much time…

    Marry Reilly is not very well known to me so I cannot comment on her…

    We will see what follows. As for a premiere date, HBO made it pretty clear that the show will change rotation, and instead of premiering in January like the first season did, the second season will premiere sometime in Summer 2015, probably taking over the slot left vacant by “True Blood”. Or perhaps it may very well be early/late fall, filling in the schedulling gap left by the ending of another of HBO’s staple line-up shows, of course we are talking about the exquisite “Boardwalk Empire”.

    I hope this upcoming season turns out good, because I loved, loved the first season of “True Detective”, pure classic tv!

  6. Data1001 says:

    Really? Kelly Reilly? Worst. Actress. Ever.

    Now I’ve got to decide if my immense appreciation for Rachel McAdams the torture of watching Reilly’s horrid attempts at emoting every week.

  7. Kelly Reilly is beautiful, talented, and super-sexy.

  8. It sound like I will need a score card to keep up with all the secret that the good guy/gal is keeping.

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