The news of Rachel being “frontrunner” for the female lead in “True Detective” was first reported back in September. The most recent report came from Variety who reported Rachel was close to locking down a lead role. If you follow our twitter account you have noticed we have reported an re-tweeted the latest rumors on the casting and series these last few weeks.
HBO has only confirmed Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn casting so far, because it’s such an anticipated project many more rumors have been circling around. We will try to round them up in this post. We also recommend heading over to Indiewire who compiled their own round-up post.
Taylor Kitsch, who will reportedly play one of the detectives, confirmed to AdWeek himself that he is part of the second season of the series. HBO still hasn’t confirm his casting. The Wrap reported a few weeks ago that Michael Irby, Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer and Leven Rambin joined the cast in supporting and recurring roles. Irby will play Elvis Ilinca, Rachel’s character’s partner at the police department. Deadline reported the first table read was held on October 31, and Rachel was spotted in LA the same day.
Deadline has reported several recurring cast additions this last week. They are reporting that Lolita Davidovich, James Frain, Adria Arjona, Michael Hyatt, Yara Martinez, Christian Campbell, and Riley Smith joined the casting in recurring roles. You can click on their names to read the original reports. Smith will play Rachel’s character’s boyfriend Steve Mercier, who is a “a boyish Sheriff’s deputy”.
MEW originally reported the production would start filming on November 17. Rachel was still filming her upcoming movie “Spotlight” but was seen arriving in LA the day after. It was reported Rachel’s “Spotlight” schedule might cause a scheduling conflict for “True Detective” and there indeed seems to be overlap in the filming of both projects. Popsugar posted the first on set photos of the series yesterday which features Colin Farrell. “Spotlight” reportedly wrapped up filming in Toronto yesterday, so let’s hope this will allow Rachel to head to Los Angeles to join the production of “True Detective“.
Keep in mind that HBO only confirmed Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, but we wanted to give you a round-up of all the reports about the series so far. The recent casting reports of Deadline seem to suggest Rachel officially signed on but we are still waiting on confirmation from HBO and/or on set photos featuring Rachel to make it official.
HBO programming director Michael Lombardo confirmed to THR in August that “True Detective” season 2 is expected to air in the Summer of 2015.
Special thanks to my friends Nick & Jord for contributing to this post