Rachel McAdams in talks for lead role in ‘True Detective’ season 2

'Sherlock' actress would play 'a tough no nonsense Monterey Sheriff'

Rachel McAdams is in talks for the lead female role in the second season of HBO crime drama True Detective.

McAdams is thought to be favourite to land the role of cop Ani Bezzerides, described as “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey Sheriff who is professional on the job and a drinker and a gambler off work”.

Deadline reports it was initially thought the actress, who appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock films alongside Robert Downey Jr, was an outside bet due to scheduling conflicts with a forthcoming fim role.

A host of notable actresses are reported to have read for the role in creator Nic Pizzolatto’s award-winning show. They include Keira Knightley, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel and Brit Marling. Reports suggest they could also be in contention for another role in the show.

McAdams would join Colin Farrell who has been confirmed in the role of Ray Velcoro, a barely functioning coke-head who has suffered years of turmoil in both his personal and professional life and is battling his ex-wife for custody of their son.
Meanwhile, Taylor Kitsch has been heavily linked to play a motorcycle cop.

The three police officers, from different departments in the state of California, must navigate a web of conspiracy while investigating the murder of a corrupt city official with the help of career criminal Frank Semyon. It was revealed this week that Semyon, the show’s antagonist, will be played by Vince Vaughn.

It has also been announced that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes.