ByMark Newton, writer at Creators.co
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Mark Newton

True Detective certainly likes to surprise with its casting announcements. Back in Season 1, we were surprised to see big screen names like Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey making the move to an unknown television series.

Despite this, we all knew they were going to do a great job - and they did. For Season 2, however, it looks like HBO really wants us to reconsider our opinions on some other big screen actors.

We already knew HBO took the rather left-field choice of casting Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn as the leads in their gritty crime drama, but now we've got more confirmations and some character descriptions.

Joining Farrell and Vaughn will be Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly. Again, these are quite widely known castings, but HBO has now confirmed them via a press statement to The Playlist.

Included in the statement was also a brief logline, and some character biographies.

The logline:

Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.
The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto. Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes.

The casting announcements:

Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.
Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.
Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.
Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.
Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon’s wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions.

I must admit, I was certainly surprised when I saw some of these names first announced in relation to True Detective. Having said that, I do have faith in HBO to deliver another quality season (even if the first season slightly dropped the ball at the end) and it'll certainly be interesting to see if Farrell, Vaughn, and Kitsch can show a bit more range than we usually get out of them.

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Source: The Playlist

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