Michael Irby, Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer and Leven Rambin are all signing on for heavily recurring roles on the second season of HBO’s hit drama, an individual with knowledge of the castings told TheWrap.
Season 2 of “True Detective” will focus on three police officers and a career criminal navigating a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.
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, while Kitsch is playing Paul Woodrough, a handsome, 28-year-old military veteran who has seen his own share of violence and destruction. Vaughn 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.
The final lead role, police detective Ani Bezzerides, is likely to go to Rachel McAdams, though her deal has not yet closed.
Irby is taking on the role of Elvis Ilinca, McAdams’ character’s partner at the police department. He is expected to appear in five or six episodes of the Season’s eight episodes. No word yet on who the other actors are playing.
The eight episode hour-long drama is set to begin production later this fall in California.
“True Detective” is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto.
HBO declined TheWrap’s request for comment.
Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Coronel Group represent Irby. ICM and Troika represent Reilly. ICM and Untitled Entertainment represent Spencer. Paradigm and Management 360 represent Rambin.