True Detective series two: what do we know so far?

Now that we've had a first glimpse of the Californian undworld, here's the lowdown on the new season of HBO's hit crime drama

With so much True Detective Season two speculation, the lead-up to this first trailer has felt a bit like a whodunnit itself… but now fans finally have a first look at Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in all their moody, mysterious glory. Here’s what we know so far…


When will it be shown? It will air in the US on 21 June, but a British date is yet to be confirmed.

What’s the plot? “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.”

Who are the stars and who will they be playing?

Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) as Ani Bezzerides, “a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.” From the trailer, it’s clear that she’s not to be messed with…

– Colin Farrell (Saving Mr Banks) 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.” Most importantly, he’ll be sporting an impressive cop-moustache.

Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) will play 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…” Not since 1998 drug-smuggling thriller Return to Paradise, has Vaughn had a haunting stare like this…

Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) will play Frank’s wife, Jordan, “a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions. She struggles with his choices and her own.”

Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) 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.”

How long will season two be?

-Eight episodes

Who’ll be directing and writing it?

– The first two episodes will be directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin


– Series creator Nic Pizzolatto will write all the episodes, as he did for the first season