Kelowna’s Taylor Kitsch will star in the second season of HBO’s True Detective… at least, according to him. For now. Nothing has been confirmed yet by HBO, but the actor’s involvement in the sequel season to last year’s smash hit rounded the Internet’s bases on Monday.
“Mm-hmm,” Kitsch told AdWeek in an interview published Monday, a simple nod when he was asked if he’d be starring in True‘s second season. (The deal is not done yet, writes Sam Thielman, who interviewed Kitsch.)
“Yeah, I’m really excited. I’ve just been prepping. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, man. I’m overdue. You’ve just got to grind it out. Even taking this year off was, I mean you want to work, but you also don’t want to just water it down and work for the sake of working. So, it was tough to sit a year out, keeping a finger crossed that I was going to get True.
“Yeah, I mean it was just showing a lot of patience on my end and turning a lot of stuff down because I wanted to be a part of it… I loved that first season of it so much. It’s just unlike anything I’ve seen in, you know, I don’t know when. And it was so grounded. It could really happen. This is very similar, and I love that. It makes it more relatable. It makes these guys more real. Nowadays, it takes fucking balls to stand by that and do it that way.”
The 33-year-old Kitsch is perhaps still most famous for playing loveable renegade Tim Riggins on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, despite starring in a couple blockbusters that disappointed in beating down their budget with John Carter, Battleship, and Savages.
Kitsch has also starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Lone Survivor, and HBO’s award-winning The Normal Heart.
He also took the lead – alongside Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinsent – in the 2013 Canadian film The Grand Seduction, as a big city doctor forced to move to small town Newfoundland, where he’s been (unknowingly) lured to save the town from extinction.
VIDEO: Kelowna boy Taylor Kitsch stars in The Grand Seduction