The cast of HBO’s second season of “True Detective” has expanded, with Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly being confirmed to star in the hit series. According to a Nov. 24 Eonline report, McAdams has been officially confirmed as female lead Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective with “uncompromising ethics.”
Taylor Kitsch, who is best known for his role as Tim Riggins in NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” climbs aboard “True Detective” as a California Highway Patrol Officer and war veteran, Paul Woodrugh. British actress Kelly Reilly will play Jordan, Vince Vaughn’s character Frank Semyon’s wife.
The critically-acclaimed drama series earned an impressive 12 Primetime Emmy nominations including Outstanding Drama series, with four wins in its first season. Lead actors Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson each earned Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy nods for their roles.
According to an HBO press release, season two will revolve around “three police officers and a career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” Vince Vaughn was previously confirmed to lead the season as career criminal Frank Semyon along with Colin Farrell, who will play a “compromised detective”, named Ray Velcoro whose allegiances are torn between powerful people on both sides of the law.
Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking “American Horror Story” anthology format on FX arguably paved the way for many series to explore shorter seasons that feature different storylines and characters each time. Both seasons of “True Detective” have eight episodes. Season one focused on a serial killer and was set in Louisiana. Season two will be set in California and focus on the murder conspiracy plot.
Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress who is widely known for her roles in romantic dramas and comedies including “Mean Girls,” “The Notebook,” “Midnight in Paris” and “The Vow,” to name a few. She and Vaughn will be reunited for “True Detective,” having previously starred together in “Wedding Crashers.” She also starred alongside Kelly Reilly as Robert Downey, Jr.’s femme fatale Irene Adler in the 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” film. Reilly played Mary Morstan, a governess Jude Law’s Dr. Watson wanted to marry.
McAdams and Vaughn are both great actors. It’ll be interesting to see them reunite as husband and wife in what will undoubtedly be a very gritty world compared to the zany landscape of “Wedding Crashers.” It will also be great to watch Vaughn stretch himself into a dark role as a mobster, having previously poked fun at the world of organized crime in his 2001 film “Made.”
With McAdams, Kitsch and Reilly officially cast, season two of “True Detective” is shaping up to be another highly-anticipated installment of must-see TV.