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Colin Farrell Will Star in True Detective’s Second Season


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Looks like some truth finally popped out of the ever-churning True Detective rumor mill: Colin Farrell has confirmed that he will star in the show’s second season.

Farrell, who in the past few weeks was rumored to be in negotiations with showrunners, told The Sunday World that “I’m so excited. … I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.” To my eye, this is ace casting: Farrell’s brooding demeanor and dark humor are a perfect match for the show’s tone, and in recent years he’s exhibited an uncanny range in movies like In Bruges and The Way Back.

The interview also clarified some plot details—though we knew that the season’s main focus would be the “murder of a corrupt city businessman found dead the night before a major transportation deal,” apparently the episodes will be structured around “three police officials from different cities” attempting to solve the case. No word yet on who will fill the other starring roles, but there’s a comically large pool of possibilities.