Cracking the Case: Rachel McAdams Joins True Detective

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It what was the hardest casting case to crack, but we finally figured out True Detective’s leading lady: Rachel McAdams.

McAdams will shed the innocence of About Time to channel Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.” McAdams will be joined by Colin Farrell as a detective caught between crooked cops and the mob, and Taylor Kitsch as a young soldier whose new job as detective is riddled by remnants of a violent and destructive past.

McAdams’ confirmation comes after a summer of endless True Detective speculation. First, there was no room for a female lead on season two of HBO’s neo-Noir hit. Then, Nic Pizzolatto apparently made room for one: Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men. That, too, proved false when the official shortlist of actresses emerged weeks later. Surprisingly, there was no Moss to be found; instead the likes of Rosario Dawson and Jessica Biel were said to by vying for the role, sans a McAdams mention. Did you follow that?

We’ll see McAdams, Farrell, Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn step into character when True Detective returns next spring.