Taylor Kitsch has just confirmed that he will play a part in True Detective's second season.
The HBO crime drama, whose first series was massively acclaimed for its blend of insane plotting and beautiful cinematography, along with stellar performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, has already signed up big names like Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and quite possibly Rachel McAdams.
In a recent interview with AdWeek, Kitsch - best known for his roles in Battleship, John Carter, and Friday Night Lights - announced that he was "really excited," and that:
I’ve just been prepping. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, man. I’m overdue. You’ve just got to grind it out. Even taking this year off was… I mean, you want to work, but you also don’t want to just water it down and work for the sake of working. So, it was tough to sit a year out, keeping a finger crossed that I was going to get 'True.'
Season Two of the HBO show will, like the first, be written by show creator Nic Pizzolatto, whom Kitsch credits as having reinvigorated him:
Having this meeting with Nic Pizzolatto, it kind of brought me back to when I was here in New York and why I wanted to be a actor, why you struggle and why you don’t quit. And when we’re talking, I mean he’s obviously incredibly smart and passionate, so that rubs off.
The show will once again return to the central True Detective plot and focus on the lives of detectives hunting down a serial killer deep within the state of Louisana. Although not much is known about Kitsch's role, Season Two will feature Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a crooked cop involved with the mob. He will be joined by Vaughn, who will play Frank Semyon, a mobster who is trying to go legit and whose plans are upended by a murder.
Now that the show is going to have an entirely different cast, we have two guys whose careers have stalled somewhat and who are probably looking to do some awesome TV in order to remedy that. For me, that is a worry. However, it wasn't too long ago that the casting of Matthew McConaughy in anything would've been seen as a disappointment, so I'm holding out hope and banking on Season Two greatness.