‘What’s the Deal?’ 7 Actresses Vying to Star in ‘True Detective’ (Exclusive)

Nic Pizzolatto and HBO executives are holding another round of auditions as Season 2’s start date nears

Time may be a flat circle, as Matthew McConaughey mused in “True Detective,” but HBO and writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto need to get moving on casting the female lead for the second season.

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To that end, TheWrap has obtained the list of seven actresses who have been invited back to read this week for the coveted role. HBO had no comment regarding the shortlist.

While early rumors swirled around “Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams (neither actress should be ruled out of contention yet), the fact that Pizzolatto is focusing on auditioning a new group indicates the role is truly up for grabs.

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To find out who is in contention to join likely stars Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn, watch the video above.