A few names that have been said to be up for roles in season two of True Detective have been made official by HBO.
HBO has sent out a press release confirming that Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly have all signed on for roles in the sophomore season of the anthology series. The actors join previously cast stars Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.
Production on the eight-episode second season is already underway in California. The season is briefly described in a logline: “Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”
McAdams and Kitsch will play two of the cops. McAdams will play Ani Bezzerides, “a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.” Kitsch will play Paul Woodrugh, “a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.”
Farrell plays the third cop, Ray Velcoro, a “compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.”
Vaughn plays the criminal, Frank Semyon, “a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.” Reilly will play Semyon’s wife, “a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions.”
McAdams is best known for her roles in Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, State of Play, Midnight in Paris, and Sherlock Holmes and its sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
Kitsch has starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Gambit, the Friday Night Lights TV series, Disney’s John Carter, Battleship, and Lone Survivor, among others.
Reilly has had roles in Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Flight with Denzel Washington.
True Detective is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) directing the first two episodes.