After months of speculation, HBO has officially rounded up all of the true detectives for the second season of "True Detective," with Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch confirmed in the last remaining starring roles.
The news comes via Entertainment Weekly, two months after Rachel McAdams was reportedly offered a role on HBO's breakout crime drama. McAdams and Kitsch are both playing police officers, along with the previously-confirmed Colin Farrell, and the report includes some additional information about their roles.
McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, "a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves." Kitsch is 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."
These descriptions seem to suggest that we're in for more of the character-driven dynamics that featured in the first season of "True Detective," when the only thing more tense than the mystery of the Yellow King was the friction between its two leading men, the nihilistic and painfully self-aware Rust Cohle and the philandering, obtusely confident Marty Hart. Prediction: There will be plenty of conflict between Farrell's corrupt cop and McAdams' hard-nosed straight arrow.
Also newly on board the show is Kelly Reilly, who will play the wife of mobster Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn.) Interestingly, the description of Reilly's character describes her as "a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions," which might mean that "True Detective" is making an effort this time around to deliver more fully-realized female characters.
There's no official date set yet for the premiere of Season 2, but HBO is reportedly aiming to air the show next summer.