HBO finally confirmed Rachel joining the “True Detective” season two cast alongside Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, Colin Farrell, & Vince Vaughn yesterday. Be sure to check out our previous post in case you missed it. It’s such an anticipated project after the critical and commercial success of the first season so there have been many reports about the second season. We already made a casting update news round-up a few days ago but now that Rachel is confirmed we also wanted to round up reports with – possible – details about season 2. Keep in mind that the reports might contain spoilers about the plot.
HBO’s official logline for the second season is: Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. The three police officers will be played by Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, and Rachel as Ani Bezzerides. Vince Vaughn will play the criminal Frank Semyon. Deadline reported back in August that season 2 “will kick off with a murder, and it might involve corruption in the California transportation system, possibly linked to a proposed high-speed train”. They also reported that the second season is expected to have 4 leads, three of them said to be cops/detectives/government workers and one the villain.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Today is a very special day because Rachel is celebrating her 36th birthday! We would like to wish Rachel a Happy Birthday on behalf of the site and her fans around the world. We hope she has a wonderful day – most likely on the set of “Spotlight” – with family and friends.
We wanted to do something special to celebrate so we launched a brand new layout as you can see. It’s designed by Ray from Oh My Mornings, who also did our previous look. We also have matching themes for our gallery and video archives. Let us know what you think about it in the comments and if you find any errors!
We have another very exciting surprise coming up later today, so be sure to check back to find out what it is.
New York Times’ Vulture announced their annual Most Valuable Stars list. Rachel is ranked #72 in the general ranking list while she was ranked #88 in last year’s list. This year she also ranks #49 at Drama Stars, #29 at Comedy Stars, #53 at Most Respected, #39 at Tabloid Target, #68 at International Stars, and #76 at Studio Stars.
|Rachel McAdams – The Revamp
What is going on with Rachel McAdams? Once upon a time, she seemed destined to rule Hollywood; now, she’s taking third leads. In next summer’s untitled Cameron Crowe romantic comedy, she’s billed below Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, just as she was the secondary love interest in Midnight in Paris and To the Wonder. She’ll always have high likability and tabloid scores thanks to classics like The Notebook and Mean Girls, but girl needs some better representation pronto. Let’s hope her recent casting on the second season of True Detective can give her the same oomph it helped give Matthew McConaughey.
Rank Compared to 2013: +16
Domestic Box Office: $37,017,956
Overseas Box Office: $50,794,416
Studio Value: 6
Critics’ Score: 57
Twitter Mentions: 475
Tabloid Value: 8
Some additional rankings when making your own adjustments. Rachel ranks #78 when you only adjust Domestic Box Office, #66 at Overseas Box Office, #84 at Studio Value, #6 at Likeability, #57 at Critics’ Score, #71 at Twitter Mentions, and #34 at Tabloid Target.
The 2014 Canada’s Walk Of Fame has announced the presenters and it was announced that Jay Baruchel will honour Rachel. Baruchel worked with Rachel in the upcoming Untitled Cameron Crowe/Hawaii Project. The official press release can be found below:
It’s all about Canadian star power on the yellow carpet as Shaw Media and Canada’s Walk of Fame announced today the all-star lineup of presenters and performers for the 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show. Hosted by Jason Priestley, the not-to-be-missed television event airs Friday, December 19 – 8pm ET/PT on Global.
The powerhouse list of celebrity presenters includes Canadian actor Jay Baruchel, honouring Rachel McAdams; critically acclaimed actress Wendy Crewson, honouring Louise Arbour; broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, honouring Ryan Reynolds; music legend Ronnie Hawkins, honouring The Band; six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes, honouring Hayley Wickenheiser and JUNO Award-winner Tom Cochrane, honouring Jeff Healey, the recipient of the posthumous Cineplex Legends Award.
It was previously announced that Rachel is one of the 2014 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Inductees. The ceremony will be held at the Sony Centre and tickets are available now. You can head over to SonyCentre.ca to purchase them, but be sure to buy them soon because only a few tickets are still available.
The outstanding roster of 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees includes legendary rock group The Band, film stars Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams, hockey superstar Hayley Wickenheiser, and former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Louis Arbour. The Cineplex Legends Award will be awarded posthumously to musician Jeff Healey and The Weeknd will receive the Allan Slaight Slaight Award.
The Show will be hosted by Canadian television and film actor Jason Priestley, and will air nationally on Global TV on Friday, December 19th.
Entertainment Tonight Canada announced earlier today that Jason Priestley will host the show and they are reporting that Rachel is expected to attend the show. You can sent in questions using the #CWOF hash-tag:
The 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show is held at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 18. Global will air the two-hour event airing on Friday, December 19 at 8p.m. ET/PT.
Participant Media has announced that principal photography for “Spotlight” began today in Boston and they will head to Toronto next week. Many thanks to my friend Nick for the heads up! Rachel will star in the movie alongside Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, Michael Keaton and many more. The press release also confirms some exciting new cast additions including John Slattery. Rachel was already spotted on set with co-star Brian d’Arcy James.
September 25, 2014, Boston, MA /3BL Media/ – Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy’s riveting drama SPOTLIGHT, starring Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart, The Kids are All Right), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games). Written by McCarthy and Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate), SPOTLIGHT is a co-production of Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust, financed by Participant Media, and will be distributed by Open Road Films in the U.S. and by Entertainment One internationally.
Joining the cast are John Slattery (Mad Men), Brian d’Arcy James (Smash), Billy Crudup (Blood Ties) and Jamey Sheridan (Homeland). SPOTLIGHT will shoot in Boston for one week and then head to Toronto where filming will continue until the end of November.
Thomas McCarthy received an Oscar® nomination for the screenplay Up, won a BAFTA award for the script of The Station Agent which he also directed and was named best director at the Independent Spirit Awards for The Visitor.
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.