This is Who Should Star in ‘True Detective’ Season 3
Word broke yesterday that True Detective is potentially on for a third season, with David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) coming on board to work with the show’s original creator Nic Pizzolatto. Even though the second season didn’t get quite as many emphatic reviews as its first, Rachel McAdams did a hell of a job as knife-wielding Detective Ani Bezzerides. Which got us thinking—what other bad bitches would we like to see in the show’s third season? Get in, loser, we’re going casting.
You might recognize Eva Green from a number of things over the past several years—last year’s Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children or Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale—but she really got a chance to show her leading lady potential on Showtime’s recent horror drama Penny Dreadful. The show lasted three seasons before being cancelled last year, (which, to be honest, I still haven’t made peace with) and it cut short what she had to offer as the show’s heroine, Vanessa Ives, an elegant and enigmatic Victorian woman battling some...very literal inner demons. She can mix graceful and gritty with ease, so it’s not hard to picture her continuing to chase down monsters in a new True Detective. I’m also really loving FX’s Legion lately, and Amber Midthunder is putting in some real work with emotional nuance in her character paired with pulse-pounding fight choreography. She seems like a perfect fit for a brooding rookie cop under Eva Green’s watch as the lead detective. (T.B.)
Okay, okay, hear me out on this. I know Lucy Liu is already in a detective show, but I desperately miss seeing her in a leading role. Plus, the Charlie’s Angels reboot was very formative for me in my young years, and you KNOW she can kick some ass. Team her up with Constance Wu, who plays the Taiwanese mom no one wants to fuck with on Fresh Off the Boat, to clap back at Hollywood’s egregious lack of Asian-American actresses in leading roles, and now you’re cookin’ with gas. True Detective’s most recent season took place in Southern California, so while we’re at it, why not Nor Cal? Maybe pay homage to San Francisco’s Chinese-American history? The fog, the gloom, the murky waters of the bay with who-knows-what sunken at the bottom? I’m ABOUT this. (T.B.)
BTW, where the hell did Uma Thurman go? She was the poster woman for opening a can of whoop-ass in the late nineties/early aughts, and it’s high time she makes a comeback. I also miss Candice Bergen’s whip-smart sass and snark, especially from her time on Boston Legal, and she made a voiceover cameo in last year’s season of BoJack Horseman as the mysterious “The Closer.” Seeing as her brand is a lot of side-eye and getting shit done, she’d make a great Chief of Police overseeing Thurman’s investigation into some seedy string of crimes. (T.B.)
If a goofball like Woody Harrelson can take a crack at it and get everyone to be all, “Ooooh, what range!” why not Jenny Slate? The actress is probably best known for her leading role in the indie hit Obvious Child back in 2014 and for voicing everyone’s favorite Dorito-hang-gliding anthropomorphic shell Marcel the Shell (which is presently being turned into a feature-length film). She’s an unlikely pick, to be sure, but the lady’s got some serious talent; while some might point to the off-the-cuff nature that got her unceremoniously kicked off of SNL as a drawback, I say it’s refreshing. And she’d be allowed to drop as many F-bombs as she wanted on HBO. Pair her up with Kate Mara, who killed it on House of Cards as a ruthless, ambitious journalist, and the duo would for sure bring some fresh perspective to what is threatening to become a stale (read: hypermasculine white male) franchise. (D.D.)
Fresh off an Oscar nom for her role as a single mother struggling with addiction in Moonlight, there’s no doubt Naomie Harris is bound for further greatness. Even when she played administrative assistant Moneypenny in recent James Bond movies, she was still a badass and he probs would’ve died without her. She could find an interesting foil in Anne Hathaway, who’s had to deal with a years-long dogpile of ridiculous sexism re: her being “unlikeable” after she dared give an effusive Oscar acceptance speech (I mean, seriously; even if she’s not your exact cup of tea, how much bullshit does the woman have to endure?) Hathaway is a talented actress, full stop. And it’d be great to see her challenge expectations as one of the dark, messed-up characters that populate the True Detective universe. (D.D.)
-Tori Borengasser and Deena Drewis