Rachel McAdams has been confirmed for the lead role in the second series of True Detective.
The Canadian actress, best known for The Notebook and Mean Girls, will play no-nonsense detective Ani Bezzerides in the hit HBO crime drama.
Ani’s troubled past has resulted in a drinking and gambling problem, while her “uncompromising ethics put her at odds with the system she serves”, a press release says.
McAdams had been hotly tipped for a part in recent months, with Jessica Chastain, Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss among other rumoured names.
The 36-year-old had long been a favourite for the female lead, but had been prevented from committing to Nic Pizzolatto’s show immediately because of a scheduling clash with Catholic Church sex scandal film Spotlight, according to Variety.
True Detective season 2 cast
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Colin Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, 'a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him'
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Rachel McAdams will play Ani Bezzerides, 'a Ventura County Sheriff's detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves'
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Kelly Reilly will play Frank's wife Jordan Semyon, 'a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions'
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Vince Vaughn will star as Frank Semyon, 'a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner'
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Taylor Kitsch, pictured in the title role of John Carter, will play 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'
Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are on board to play police officers Ray Velcoro and Paul Woodrugh, while Vince Vaughn will star as criminal entrepreneur Frank Semyon.
Kelly Reilly, Leven Rambin and Christian Campbell have also been cast, while Lolita Davidovich, James Frain and Michael Irby will take on supporting roles.
Production has already started on series two, which “revolves around three police officers and a career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder”.
The murder victim is believed to be corrupt businessman Ben Caspar who had been working with Semyon on a major transportation deal.
HBO is yet to confirm an air date but True Detective is expected to reach TV screens next summer.
The first two episodes of eight will be directed by The Fast and the Furious director, Justin Lin.
Last year’s Emmy-nominated first series starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the leads as detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart.Reuse content