Rachel McAdams in Passion

Elisabeth Moss seemed pretty well suited to that True Detective Season 2 gig, not least because she pulled off a similar-sounding role to great acclaim in Top of the Lake. But just because she’s qualified doesn’t mean no one else is, and now it seems she has a little competition.

According to a new report, Rachel McAdams is in the running for the same True Detective Season 2 part that Moss has been circling for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, the other three leads — Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn — seem all but set. Get character details and more after the jump.

Officially, HBO hasn’t confirmed any of the actors for True Detective Season 2. However, Variety reports that Farrell, Kitsch, and Vaughn are all in final talks for their respective roles, while the female lead is still “being figured out.”

As previously reported, True Detective Season 2 will be set in California. McAdams and Moss are vying for the part of Ani Bezzerides, a no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled childhood has led to an adulthood plagued by gambling and alcohol addictions.

Ani joins officers from two other cities — Farrell’s Ray Velcoro and Kitsch’s Paul Woodrugh — to investigate the suspicious death of a corrupt California city manager. Vaughn will play businessman Frank Semyon, who serves as the season’s main antagonist but isn’t necessarily a villain.

True Detective Season 2 would be a slightly unusual step for McAdams, in that she doesn’t venture onto the small screen very often. As a matter of fact, her last regular TV gig was Season 1 of Canada’s Slings and Arrows, all the way back in 2003.

But that’s not a bad thing. As talented and as charming as McAdams is, her movies have been pretty hit-or-miss. (At least her most recent release, A Most Wanted Man, was one of the better ones.) Maybe a prestigious television project is exactly what she needs to kick her career to the next level.

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