After the success of season one, HBO’s True Detective will return with a few new additions, including Irish actor Colin Farrell.
“I’m doing the second series,” the 38-year-old told Sunday World. “I’m so excited.”
HBO has not yet confirmed the statement but in July it was reported that Farrell was “deep in negotiations” to play a role on the show.
Farrell, who was recently seen in Saving Mr. Banks and Winter’s Tale, will follow the success of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson from the first season. The show earned twelve Emmy nominations, including one for each of the male leads, and won five.
The program format, which wraps up in a single abbreviated season, makes it easy for big-name actors to commit to the show.
Another name that has been floated for season two is Taylor Kitsch, a Canadian actor best known for his role in NBC’s Friday Night Lights. Rumors also surround role possibilities for Vince Vaughn (Swingers, Dodgeball) and Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men).
But for Farrell, who has been in (Minority Report) out (Total Recall) of stardom greatness, this could be the show that solidifies his acting chops. After all, it didn’t seem to hurt McConaughey who gained more respect through his role on on the show (and, around the same time, in Dallas Buyers Club).
Nic Pizzolatto, creator of True Detective, told Hitfix that if anything about season one has taught him anything it’s that he needs to keep “being strange” and not the play the next season “straight.”
Pizzolatto has also hinted that season two is about “hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”
Recently, Pizzolatto began to expand on season two saying, “Right now, we’re working with three leads…The characters are all new, but I’m deeply in love with each of them. We’ve got the entire series broken out with a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months.”
Pizzolatta also commented on the setting for season two.
“…It takes place in California — not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser known venues of California — and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one.”
No official release date for season two has been announced.