Brad Pitt could headline ‘True Detective’ season 2

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014. Filed under: Entertainment Hollywood Stars
Brad Pitt is reportedly in producers' sights for the second season of "True Detective." ©AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

Brad Pitt is reportedly in producers’ sights for the second season of “True Detective.”
©AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

(Relaxnews) – The Hollywood A-lister is reportedly among candidates to take over from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the second season of HBO’s crime series.

Officially, the premium cable network has yet to order the second season of “True Detective,” but speculation abounds nonetheless. According to some sources, HBO is waiting to read the next story proposition from creator Nic Pizzolatto and to find out who is on the cast before making a formal decision.

According to Hollywoodlife.com, Brad Pitt is at the top of a short list of actors that could join the project for its second season. For the time being, there is no indication of whether the actor has been approached by producers or has agreed to enter talks.

Brad Pitt on TV: a real possibility?

Naturally, the report is to be taken with a grain of salt, although the idea of seeing Brad Pitt on the small screen doesn’t seem as far-fetched as it once did.

Critics have begun taking TV series more seriously in recent years, and film stars seem to be following suit. Several renowned, award-winning filmmakers and actors — including Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Diane Kruger — have made their entrance into the TV world. Robert de Niro and Halle Berry will soon appear in their first TV roles on HBO and CBS respectively.

Moreover, networks are beginning to transition to the cable format, meaning that seasons are shorter (12 episodes maximum). For film stars, who are often reluctant to sign on for a long-term commitment to a series, this is a key argument.

Given that “True Detective” was able to attract Matthew McConaughey, who won an Oscar this year for his role in  “Dallas Buyers Club,” and Woody Harrelson, another Hollywood heavyweight, the prospect of Pitt’s participation doesn’t seem out of the question.

Incidentally, Pitt has worked behind the scenes on TV projects in the past. The actor is credited as an executive producer on an episode of ABC’s “Resurrection” and on a number of TV movies, including Ryan Murphy’s “The Normal Heart,” which HBO will air in May.

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