Colin Farrell To Star In 'True Detective' Season 2

The Irish actor confirmed he's landed a leading role on the upcoming season of HBO's police drama "True Detective."
Posted at 7:57 PM, Sep 21, 2014

All right, people, put down your hashtags. After months of casting speculation, season two of "True Detective" just got its first official lead actor.

In an exclusive interview with Irish newspaper the Sunday World, Colin Farrell confirmed he's on board to play one of the four main roles on HBO's anthology crime drama.

Farrell didn't offer many details about the upcoming season, but he did say the show would last about eight episodes and would take four or five months to film. It's also apparently being shot in L.A., which is close to home for Farrell.

The casting choice seems to have drawn mostly positive reviews. Slate notes "Farrell's brooding demeanor and dark humor are a perfect match for the show's tone," while a Daily Beast writer thinks Farrell's "affinity for damaged, enigmatic, macho characters" made him a dead ringer for the detective drama.

Rumors about the upcoming series have been swirling for months, ever since the show wrapped up its first season in March. 

That season, which starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as Louisiana homicide detectives, earned critical acclaim and several Emmy nominations. But due to the anthology nature of the show, season two means new characters and a new story.

The Wrap reported last month season two will focus on three detectives investigating the murder of a corrupt official who was about to sign a groundbreaking transportation deal in a fictional California city.

That report also correctly I.D.'d Farrell as one of the main protagonists. Other names mentioned for the remaining lead roles include Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, Elisabeth Moss, and Rachel McAdams.

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