Another week, another brace of casting rumors about the second season of True Detective. Screen Rant is reporting that HBO is close to picking an actress for the role of Ani Bezzerides, a local small-town sheriff with a tough attitude – but gambling and drinking problems that stem from her troubled childhood – who ends up joining forces with two other detectives to solve the case. While the men in the detective drama have been confirmed to be played by Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch, casting the female lead has proved more difficult, with a host of Hollywood names rumored to have been considered, including Jessica Chastain, Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams. The latest crop of actresses considered “long shots”, according to The Wrap‘s Jeff Sneider, include Oona Chaplin (Robb Stark’s wife Talisa on Game of Thrones), Britt Marling (star/writer of Another Earth and The East), and Kelly Reilly (Mary Watson from the Sherlock Holmes films); in addition, the stronger candidates includes Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II from Watchmen), and Jaimie Alexander (Sif from the Thor movies). However, “the favorite” at this time is Sin City star Rosario Dawson.
As Screen Rant points out, “Dawson is no stranger to neo-Noir material, having starred in both of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City comic book movies, among other adult crime/dramas (such as, more recently, director Danny Boyle’s Trance). She’ll also have a role on the upcoming Marvel Studios and Netflix series, Daredevil – a show that will explore the “street level Noir side” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fittingly enough. Dawson is not just the biggest star on the shortlist next to Moss and McAdams, she would add some welcome diversity to the main ensemble for season two.”