Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch Join True Detective Season 2

Perpetual time traveler’s girlfriend Rachel McAdams and Battleship’s Taylor Kitsch have joined what’s becoming an ensemble cast in season 2 of True Detective. HBO confirmed the casting, revealing tidbits about each of the four characters in the new season, as well as what to expect when Nic Pizzolatto’s mystery series returns.

McAdams, Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) round out the cast, which already includes Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. Here are the character breakdowns:

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.

No word on if who, if anyone, will wind up soliloquizing in a car, but our money is on Farrell or Kitsch (his ruminations on chicken burritos in Battleship were something to behold). There are a lot of threads tangled up among these characters; HBO’s recently-released logline doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know:

Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

We’ve also got our own theories on why the series is moving from Lousiana to California. True Detective season 2 has started shooting, with Fast & Furious 6‘s Justin Lin directing and series creator Pizzolatto writing the next eight-episode installment.


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