HBO had such a good run with the first season of True Detective, it’s hard to imagine how a second season might play out, given the change in cast and talent behind the camera. But that doesn’t mean I’m not really looking forward to seeing it arrive on our screens this summer.
Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch lead the unlikely and welcome line-up for True Detective Season 2. And after launching the first teaser trailer last month, the network has released another trailer as we inch closer to its premiere next month.
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.
Kelly Reilly completes the leading cast, with support from Michael Irby, Leven Rambin, Abigail Spencer, Lolita Davidovich, James Frain, Riley Smith, Adria Arjona, Michael Hyatt, Yara Martinez, Timothy V. Murphy, C.S. Lee, and Ashley Hinshaw.
Whereas Cary Fukunaga directed the entire first season, Season 2 has gone for a different approach.
Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) has helmed the first two episodes. Three more episodes are known so far to be directed by Danish director Janus Metz Pederson, Daniel Attias (The Americans, Homeland), and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones, Repo Men).
Series creator Nic Pizzolatto, who earned two Emmy nominations for the first season, has returned to write all eight episodes for the second season.
True Detective Season 2 premieres on HBO on June 21st in the US. Sky Atlantic has set its UK premiere date for the following night on June 22nd.