Has word of True Detective writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto’s difficult side trickled through the acting community, or is the HBO series really having this much difficulty finding the right lead actress to work opposite Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn? The longer this casting process goes on, the more I’m beginning to feel the series is a one-hit wonder.
If appearances don’t deceive, it looks like Elisabeth Moss bypassed the series for a Broadway show, leaving the role of Ani Bezzerides, “a tough Monterey sheriff who’s troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol” up for grabs. According to The Wrap’s, seven actresses are being brought back for a second read.
Ranked least likely candidates are Brit Marling (whose publicist says there’s “nothing really happening on the TD front”), Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin (Talisa) and Kelly Reilly (Black Box, Sherlock Holmes).
Believed to have a better chance (although it all seems simply reporter conjecture) are Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman and Jaimie Alexander. And finally, ranked as “favorite” is Sin City’s Rosario Dawson (also starring in Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil). Of all these, Dawson is the only name I’m excited about — and not because she’d provide diversity — rather, simply because she’s a great actress with both name recognition and range. But the others on the list leave me exhaling a complete and utter “Meh,” as is pretty much everything I’ve read about the series’ second season thus far.