'True Detective' Season 2 Considers Seven New Women for Lead & Here's What We Know About Them

According to Rust Cohle, the world needs bad men, but True Detective showrunner Nic Pizzolotto REALLY needs to decide on a good woman for the female lead of the HBO runaway hit's second season. The Wrap reports that True Detective has seven new women reading for the role of Ani Bezziredes, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol." Earlier contenders included Elisabeth Moss (please please) and Rachel McAdams (who's great in everything). Here are the seven new ladies also being considered to star alongside Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn.

by Maitri Suhas

Brit Marling

Brit Marling is an indie darling. She’s impressed with Sundance favorites like Another Earth, The Sound of My Voice and The East, the first two of which she co-wrote and co-produced. She’s no stranger to dark, sci-fi movies: in fact, in The Sound of my Voice, Marling plays a (supposed) cult leader. Though she’s lower profile than the many of the names on the shortlist, she’s really talented, and has very brooding eyebrows. That’s gotta be a point in her corner.

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Oona Chapin

The lovely Oona Chaplin is an HBO alum — she played Talisa Maegyr-Stark, Robb’s wifey, on Game of Thrones. She’s obviously no stranger to tense, bloody drama after her stint on GoT. And she’s one of the younger ladies of the bunch at only 28.

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Kelly Reilly

Perhaps the most unknown to American audiences, British Kelly Reilly has starred in some silver screen adaptations of classic English lit. She played Mr. Bingley’s snobby sister with the upturned nose, Caroline Bingley, in the amazing 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, and Dr. Watson’s beau Mary Morstan in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films.

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Malin Akerman

She's an interesting choice, since Akerman has mostly appeared in rom-coms. You probably recognize her as the impossible bridezilla from 27 Dresses. She’s also had supporting roles in The Heartbreak Kid, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and Wanderlust.

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Jaimie Alexander

A Marvel fav, Jaimie Alexander is best known for playing Sif in Thor and Thor: The Dark World. She’s familiar with playing a strong independent woman — Sif is a cold, Asgardian warrior. Perfect for TD.

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Jessica Biel

Gonna admit that I find Biel a… puzzling choice, but who am I to say? If you can snag JT, you can probably do anything. Biel’s most recent projects include a guest spot on New Girl, and she’s most famous for her long run on the feely goody show 7th Heaven. But she’s dabbled in the dark fare, too, with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist, and the Total Recall reboot — which she starred in with none other than Colin Farrell.

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Rosario Dawson

Yes, yes, yes, please and thank you. If it can’t be Elisabeth Moss — who’s my favorite for the role — Dawson is the next best thing. She is a notorious on-screen badass. Her filmography proves it, with roles in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof and the neo-noir Sin City. Also, she’s a woman of color, and it would help to have some diversity in the cast; while the three male leads are all quality and talented, they are, after all, three white guys. Dawson seems to be the best fit of these seven actresses, and would bring an electric presence to the small screen.

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