Mystery Solved: Colin Farrell Confirms ‘True Detective’ Role


Corrupt California city officials, hard women, bad men, and “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system” may be entangled in True Detective’s new twist; but one mystery has been solved, with Colin Farrell in its midst.

The Horrible Bosses bad guy confirmed that he will star in season two of Nic Pizzolatto’s neo-Noir hit. Rumors surfaced earlier this summer that he would succeed Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the anthology series’ new setting and storyline, based on “the bloody murder of a corrupt city businessman found dead the night before a major transportation deal.” Thanks to an interview with Irish newspaper The Sunday World, we’ve verified Farrell’s new gig.

“I’m so excited,” he said of his part as one of three lead detectives. “I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.”

Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn have reportedly nabbed deals to join Farrell; Kitsch as a partnering detective, and Vaughn as a shady businessman whose duplicity is written all over the central murder. Neither have publicly confirmed their roles, but it’s safe to assume the ink has all but dried on their contracts. As for the fourth lead, a female one, the verdict is still out.

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss was rumored to be the frontrunner for Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.” As it turns out, there are seven other actresses on the shortlist: Malin Ackerman,JaimeAlexander, Jessica BielOona ChaplinRosario Dawson (who co-starred with Farrell in Alexander), Brit Marling, and Kelly Reilly. With eight months to go before its 2015 premiere date, there’s plenty of time to crack this case—just don’t ask creator Pizzolatto for any help.

“[It’s a] work in progress,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. Consider that all you need to know for now.