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True Detective Just Got A Little Weird With This Rock Star Casting

True Detective Season 2 is currently in production, but that doesn’t mean the casting process is said and done. In fact, the dark and gritty anthology series has added what is quite possibly its most surprising cast member yet: 1980s music icon Rick Springfield. And as far as we know, none of Jesse’s girls have been harmed during filming.

“I Get Excited” about this kind of a cast choice, but we’re unfortunately not quite sure who Springfield will be playing, or how big the role will be. The Australian musician actually revealed the news himself, via Twitter, which presumably means HBO will make it official in a month or two. Here’s how he put it.

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Did he just read one episode’s script, or one that encompassed the entire season? Dammit, Rick Springfield, how many times have we asked you to stop keeping secrets from us? Just this once? Oh.

I guess Springfield isn’t the most batshit crazy person to add to the show. He’s had a fairly long-lived (though non-prolific) career in TV, from his lead role in the first Human Target adaptation back in 1992 to a long stint on General Hospital to a recurring role as himself on Californication. He’s got a big screen role coming up in Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash.


True Detective also added actress Ashley Hinshaw to the cast. Details on her character are scarce, but she’s described as a problem-stricken actress. Hinshaw, whose career has skewed to the indie side of things, had a recurring role in the final season of True Blood and can currently be seen in theaters in Grégory Levasseur’s The Pyramid.

Season 2 will revolve around the murder of the business partner of career criminal Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn). Three problematic cops from different areas – played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams – are all tasked with investigating the different aspects of the case. The cast also includes C.S. Lee, Timothy V. Murphy, Kelly Reilly, Michael Irby, Abigail Spencer and many more.

We can expect to find True Detective Season 2 coming to HBO early next year. The real question now is, will there be a Springfield-led tie-in soundtrack?

Nick Venable
Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.