Okay, so HBO has yet to confirm what the actor said to The Sunday World, but his own statement is pretty straightforward.
“I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited,” Farrell told the Irish newspaper.”I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great.”
Farrell has been long-rumored to be cast among group of three detectives in Season 2 of the highly-anticipated HBO series, and he becomes the first to confirm his involvement. Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Jessica Biel are among the names tossed around to join him, but Farrell did not confirm any of their involvement in the interview. Two men and one woman are expected to play the detectives, with Vaughn’s name tossed around as a possible villain (or suspect).
He was able to discuss a bit of the plot, which will deal with the “bloody murder of a corrupt city businessman found dead the night before a major transportation deal.”
Eight episodes is an identical order to Season 1, and should allow HBO a similar flexibility it had this past year at the Emmys. If Season 2 turns out as good as Season 1 — which is admittedly hard to imagine — they could again push for the Best Drama Series. If not, they could submit it as a miniseries (which may be an easy win with “Fargo” not expected to return in time to compete for the 2015 Emmys).