Brad Pitt In True Detective 2: The Rumours And What We Know

4It’s nice when it’s light when you finish work. You feel buoyant and springy and nice. You also feel like walking home from the station, instead of feeling rain on your face, shuffling into a bus shelter and sniffing glue dripping onto a bus for the remainder of the sodden journey home. Today was one of those days – it was a lovely, mild spring evening and I decided to walk home. Another fillip of walking home is that you never know who you’re going to bump into. It just so happens I bumped into a friend and, as the setting sun shimmered off the river, we walked the route home together. Half way home, he said this: “So, have you heard who’s supposed to be in the next series of True Detective?”

“No,” I said. “I’ve been kind of consumed by Mammon today.”

“Brad Pitt.” Noting my surprised expression, he continued, “Yeah, there’s a rumour going around. Just shows you TV is the place to be.”

And he’s not wrong. Regardless of whether the Pittster will actually be in it or not, the fact that name like the A+ Lister is even mentioned in connection to a l’il old TV series just shows you how much of a draw television now is.

But let’s get back to the Brad Pitt rumours. How did they start?

According to Epoch Times, “[the rumour] appears to have been started by a blog during the season one finale.”

Which blog? Hollywood Life seems to be the culprit. “Brad’s name has come up many times, it’s just a matter of what his other commitments are,” it quotes an ‘insider’. “It’s the show everyone wants to be on, because the writing and the roles are just so exquisite and complex. Brad has tight relations with HBO — he teamed up with Ryan Murphy last year to produce the HBO movie The Normal Heart. I know everyone would be thrilled to have him onboard.”

The post’s opening paragraph stated: “True Detective’ finished its first season run on March 9, leaving the door wide open for other A-list stars to headline the show now that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have officially closed the book on the mystery of the Yellow King.”

A door open indeed.

Almost as soon as those rumours guffed into the digital domain, someone opened a window and let some air in. An HBO insider (another one) told Gossip Cop (good name) that the Pitt rumour is “pure speculation by an outsider.”

So the insider was actually an outsider? How inside do you have to be before you can be referred to as an insider? What IS an insider? We’re confused now.

You have to admit that’s one fairly hefty rumour and one that’s been shot down very swiftly (should we read anything into that?). But what DO we know about True Detective 2? A definite seems to be that Matthew McConaughey will not be in the second series.

“It was a 450-page film, is what it was,” McConaughey said in January, according to The Wrap. “It was also finite. It didn’t mean we had to come back this year, next year if we were under contract. It was finite. So in that way it was exactly a 450-page film script.”

Also in that same article, it speculates that Nic Pizzolatto has been researching a different location all together and quotes the writer, saying that he’s “been reading about the last 40 years of Southern California government.”

For a show where location is SO important, it’s interesting that Pizzolatto is thinking of moving it to the other side of the country. California provides its own interesting history and cultural structure and traditions, but Louisiana had that lagniappe. To say we’re intrigued is an understatement.

For all our True Detective coverage, go here.

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