Colin Farrell in talks for 'True Detective' season 2; Taylor Kitsch also eyed

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Colin Farrell attends The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Art Auction Benefit Presented By Wilding Cran Gallery on February 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Jul 11 ( - Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the second season of HBO's “True Detective 2,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap, while Taylor Kitsch is also among the leading candidates for the younger male lead.

An HBO spokesperson told TheWrap “there is no news to confirm on the casting.” 

Insiders tell TheWrap that HBO was intent on landing a true movie star, someone who could play rugged and gritty, and they've done just that with Farrell, who is nearing a deal for the series’ older male lead. 

While Farrell's last movie, “Winter's Tale,” bombed, its failure can't really be attributed to Farrell, who won a Golden Globe for “In Bruges” and is coming off an acclaimed supporting performance in “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Kitsch is coming off strong notices for his performance in HBO's “The Normal Heart.” While his two movie star vehicles, “Battleship” and “John Carter,” did not live up to the expectations created by their hefty budgets, Kitsch displayed solid chops on NBC's “Friday Night Lights” and in Peter Berg's “Lone Survivor.” Berg, of course, just worked with HBO on “The Leftovers.” 

Garrett Hedlund has also been rumored to be in contention for “True Detective” but Kitsch is strongly believed to have an edge on the coveted role. 

“True Detective” earned multiple Emmy nominations on Thursday, including nods for Best Drama Series and lead actors Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, neither of whom will return for the second season, which will be set in California. 

Farrell is represented by CAA and LBI Entertainment, while Kitsch is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.