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At the North Texas Browncoats’ mini-Whedon con and screening of Serenity. Pictured: Alamo Drafthouse theater and Star Wars ballet?

At the North Texas Browncoats’ mini-Whedon con and screening of Serenity. Pictured: Alamo Drafthouse theater and Star Wars ballet?

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Now for some hot and sweaty dinosaur action… Because paleontology happens in the desert.

Now for some hot and sweaty dinosaur action… Because paleontology happens in the desert.

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Dream Casting True Detective Season Two

Nothing against any of the actors attached to the show at this point, but if I had my druthers I’d go for a cast that looks like one of the above. Explanations below, if you’re interested.

Clive Owen or Sam Rockwell

With Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, and Christian Bale all rumored or confirmed to have been in talks with HBO it seems like Pizzolatto is specifically looking for a Brit to play the lead. British actors who can do an American accent, like the aforementioned three, or British actors to play Brits? If it’s the latter, then I can’t think of anyone more in need of a great role than Clive Owen. After missing out on James Bond, it only seems fair. Owens does have that Showtime series with Steven Soderbergh, but Matthew McConaughey was able to appear in season one as well as three critically-acclaimed movies in the span of a year so I don’t see why he couldn’t be in two paid-cable television programs.

But if they don’t need a thespian actually from the other side of the pond, then I’d love to see Sam Rockwell chew on such fantastic material as we saw in season one. He’s an actor I’ve loved ever since Galaxy Quest and is always the best part of any project he‘s in (also Confessions Of a Dangerous Mind is one of my top ten movies), but he hasn’t quite landed that revelatory role just yet. The McConaissance is over, it’s time for the Rockwelution.

Amy Adams

With Jessica Chastain being considered for the female lead in the trio of investigators, they could either be going for a woman with experience and respect among her peers (considering Chastain is in her late-thirties) or a woman with some naïveté and earning her place in a boys’ club (ala her role in Zero Dark Thirty). Personally, I’d rather not see yet another female authority figure have to win the begrudging respect of her male counterparts, because while it’s a useful trope for both genders it’s really played out. So let’s go with an actress who can easily play competent and effective: Amy Adams. Duh. She’s god damn fantastic in everything she’s in and could really do something special with the kind of arc a show like True Detective could provide. Especially if she’d be a sheriff with alcohol and gambling problems.

Aaron Paul

With Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund the names mentioned rounding out the three-headed dragon at the center of this season, it appears Pizzolatto wants the two male points to be at different places in their careers instead of equal partners like Rust and Marty. So a younger, less experienced dude who might need a mentor but could still feasibly be in a relationship with the woman (either professionally, romantically, or both). This one was harder to cast because just about any actor in his early thirties could play a role like that, but I can only think of one actor who really needs another success under his belt before he disappears from the spotlight forever. Aaron Paul was remarkable on Breaking Bad, but he’s had a string of critical failures and flops at the box office since he wrapped as Jesse Pinkman. He must be feeling the desperation if he’s already talking about wanting to be on Better Call Saul. I’d rather Paul got off that particular flat circle, though, and shine again on a different pulpy serialized drama. Some people are just better on TV.

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