Matthew McConaughey has confirmed he is in talks to reprise his role as Rustin Cohle in True Detective, with the show’s future potentially hinging on his decision.
Last month, reports suggested HBO had decided to pull the plug on the anthology series, in the wake of the poor reception received during the second season’s run.
“I would return. It’d have to be in the right context and the right way”
McConaughey won widespread acclaim for his performance in the maiden season of the drama, alongside Woody Harrelson, in what was supposed to be the first in a series of one-off stories played out over 10 episodes.
However, the second series, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams, proved a disaster, disappointing both in terms of audience figures and critical response.
But McConaughey revealed, during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, that salvation could be at hand with the Oscar winner in talks with series creator Nic Pizzolatto over potentially returning to the show.
“I would return. It’d have to be in the right context and the right way,” he said.
“It’d need that spark like when I first read the scripts. When I read it, I knew after 20 minutes that I could play this guy and that I’m in.”
There is no word yet on whether McConaughey would be joined by Harrelson for any potential new series of True Detective, with his former co-star yet to comment on the rumours.
McConaughey appears keen to make a return though, having previously ruled out a return claiming the characters’ arcs were complete.
“I miss Cohle, and I miss watching him on Sunday nights,” he added.
“I was a happy man when we made that show, because for six months I was on my own island.”
With HBO keen not to rush Pizzolatto into writing another series too quickly – an accusation the writer made following season two’s poor reviews – any new series featuring McConaughey is still likely to be some way off.
But if it results in the return of one of television’s most compelling characters in recent times, few would deny it would be worth the wait.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.