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HBO Confirms: Rachel Joins “True Detective” Season 2

The news we’ve all been waiting for: HBO officially confirmed that Rachel has joined the cast of “True Detective” season 2. HBO also confirms the reports that Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly have joined the cast.


HBO just released a press release which confirms that production has begun in California – Colin Farrell was already photographed on set – and also confirms the reports that Rachel joined the cast as Ani Bezzerides.

RACHEL MCADAMS, TAYLOR KITSCH AND KELLY REILLY JOIN COLIN FARRELL AND VINCE VAUGHN IN HBO’S TRUE DETECTIVE

The eight-episode hour-long drama has begun production in California.

Logline: Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes.

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“True Detective” Casting Update

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.

The Casting
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”.
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Rachel In Talks For “True Detective”

Variety broke the news that Rachel is closing in on the female lead of “True Detective“. HBO hasn’t confirmed the casting yet but it seems like it’s almost official. The following story has been reported:

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.”

Deadline is also confirming the story and saying Rachel is “in talks”:

It looks like the search for the female lead in the second season of True Detective is over. Rachel McAdams is the choice for the role and is in talks to join the lauded series when the HBO drama returns next year alongside Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, who have been confirmed, and Taylor Kitsch, who is not official yet.

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Rachel still Frontrunner for “True Detective” Lead?

HBO confirmed the casting of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in the much anticipated second season of “True Detective” earlier today. Rachel was mentioned for being in the running for the female lead, as we previously reported. There have been many rumors and reports about the casting including a recent one of 7 other actresses vying for a role in the series.

The Wrap is now reporting that Rachel is still “frontrunner” alongside Taylor Kitsch to join season 2 while Deadline is reporting that Rachel “continues to be mentioned”. Both sources mention a possible scheduling conflict for Rachel because she is doing a movie (and we assume they are referring to “Spotlight” which will reportedly start filming this week). The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider is reporting the following on his official twitter account:

There will be several women in the show. This is the first of several announcements. Vaughn’s wife will be a significant character on the show & the actresses auditioning for the female lead (a cop) could segue to that role. HBO has always wanted a big star for the female lead. If Rachel McAdams wants to do it, she will, but there is a scheduling conflict. It looks like Keira’s next on the list, but she’s not being asked to read like the other 7 women who went in. 8 if you count Abigail Spencer

Let’s hope HBO will confirm the additional casting, including who will be the female lead, soon!


Rachel in the Running for Female Lead in “True Detective”

Variety is reporting that Rachel and Elisabeth Moss is in the running for the female lead for the second season of “True Detective“.

Pieces look to be coming together on season 2 of HBO’s “True Detective,” as sources have confirmed Justin Lin is in talks to direct a handful of episodes for the drama series.

It’s unknown how many he would direct, but insiders add that he will not direct every episode as Cary Fukunaga did for season one.

No cast has been confirmed by the network but Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn are in final negotiations to join the show. The fourth lead, which has always been intended to be a female character, is still being figured out but sources say “Mad Men” actress Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams are in the running.

Nic Pizzolatto is writing the second season, which is set in California and is said to revolve around the investigation of a corrupt city manager who gets murdered amidst a potential groundbreaking transportation deal.

Deadline is also reporting that Justin Lin is in talks to direct but only mentions that “search is underway for a female lead, with a number of actresses auditioning”. I feel like I should add there are and have been a lot of rumors about the anticipated second season of “True Detective” but we really hope this report it true. Let’s hope we will find out more news soon!


Television Projects Gallery Update

Before Rachel made her feature film debut she appeared in a few television series and TV movies. We added the screencaptures of the promotional trailer of the MTV pilot Rachel shot titled “Shotgun Love Dolls“. The actual pilot never aired. We also added the screencaptures of Rachel’s guest spot in the Disney series “The Famous Jett Jackson” which aired in 2001.

We finished completing the Television Projects section in our new gallery so be sure to head over to our gallery to check out the complete section!


“Slings & Arrows” Blu-Ray Captures

Today brings you a “Slings & Arrows” update. I was finally able to get my own copy of the season 1 and 2 on Blu-Ray. The DVD captures are not replaced with the Blu-Ray caputres. We also added some missing production stills of the series. The in-depth information page of the series is also updated, so be sure to check it out!

Slings & Arrows” is probably one of my favorite performances of Rachel. She won a Gemini Award (Canadian Oscar) in 2003 for her role. The series is currently available at Netflix in the US, as well as DVD and Blu-Ray.


Live with Kelly! Appearance

Rachel made an appearance on Live with Kelly! with Daniel Radcliffe as guest host yesterday (January 31st) morning. We added the interview in our media archive, we love that Daniel is mentioning “Slings & Arrows” since it’s one of our favorite Rachel projects so far. We also added the screen captures of the interview in our gallery.

It was also announced yesterday that Rachel will make an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 10.


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