Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are both reportedly in talks to star in the second season of HBO’s Emmy-nominated series True Detective.

Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch In ‘True Detective’

According to reports, HBO has offered Farrell and Kitsch deals to join True Detective as two of next season’s main stars. The actors are not thought to have accepted their respective deals yet, but are believed to be likely additions to the cast, according to The Wrap.

Earlier this week, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo joked that they’d be using puppets in place of actors for this season of True Detective at the Television Critics Assosciation press tour in Beverly Hills. Lombardo went on to reveal that the cast for the sophomore season will have names to rival that of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – though seeking out big names wasn’t HBO’s biggest priority.

“The people we will cast will be well-known names, but [casting stars] wasn’t our ambition,” he said. “Great writing attracts great actors… Maybe people initially came for [McConaughey and Harrelson], but I think they stayed because the show was so compelling.”

Details have been thin about True Detective’s second season. If reports are to be believed, though, it will be set in modern day California and feature three leads, one of whom will be played by a woman. Lombardo, while tight-lipped about the content of the new season, teased that it would be “more exciting” than its debut season.

“The two scripts we have … I hate to jinx it … they are more exciting than the first season,” he said Thursday. [Creator Nic Pizzolatto is] an incredibly talented writer. And he’s blown us away with the first two episodes.”

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