Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the second season of HBO's "True Detective," sources confirm.
He's the first actor to board season two of the highly-acclaimed drama after months of rumors and internet speculation.
""I think the people we will cast will be well-known names," HBO president Michael Lombardo hinted at Thursday's TCA presentation. "But that wasn't our ambition (in season one)."
It's unknown whether Farrell will be joined by a female co-star, as rumored, but creator Nic Pizzolatto has confirmed that the new season will be set in California and feature at least three lead roles.
"It takes place in California -- not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser known venues of California -- and we're going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one."
"True Detective" earned multiple Emmy nominations on Thursday, including lead actor nods for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and a best drama nomination.
With an average gross audience of 11 million viewers, the show's ratings was the most for an HBO rookie series since "Six Feet Under" in 2001.
HBO declined to comment on the Farrell story, which was first reported by Deadline, but did say at Thursday's TCA session that the second season would be "more exciting" than the first.
"Nic (Pizzolatto) is an incredibly talented writer, and he's blown us away with the first two episodes," Lombardo said.
Farrell, who recently starred in "Saving Mr. Banks," recently wrapped production on "Miss Julie" opposite Jessica Chastain.
He is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.
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