'True Detective': Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch Officially Join Season 2!

by Philiana Ng 4:31 PM PST, November 24, 2014
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True Detective is adding some major stars for season two!

After weeks of skirting the issue, HBO officially confirmed that Rachel McAdams, Friday Night Lights grad Taylor Kitsch (Texas forever!) and Kelly Reilly are joining the star-studded cast in the detective drama's anticipated return next year. Here's what the super-secret season two will bring: "Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder." Okay, it doesn't give us much to go on, but it's certainly better than nothing!

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They'll co-star opposite previously announced Colin Farrell, who plays shady detective Ray Velcoro, and Vince Vaughn, who plays criminal Frank Semyon.

Who will McAdams, Kitsch and Reilly play? Let's find out!

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McAdams, who up until this point spent most of her time starring in films (About Time, Midnight in Paris - and, of course, The Notebook), will play a character with a tongue-twister of a name: Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff's detective whose compromising ethics put her at odds with others.

Kitsch's alter ego, Paul Woodrugh, is a war vet and California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer who is trying to escape from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.

Reilly, who appeared with McAdams in the 2009 big-screen take on Sherlock Holmes, takes on the role of Jordan, wife to Frank and an ex D-list actress who is in on all of his dealings.

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Fast and Furious franchise director Justin Lin is helming the first two episodes of the eight-hour drama, which just kicked up production in California. Even months before filming began, there have been casting  rumors galore for the new season, with names like Elisabeth Moss, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain tossed around.

Earlier this month, Kitsch sported a new haircut, presumably for his True Detective role, at a New York City charity event -- a far cry from his signature long locks and perhaps the perfect excuse for a trim.

Are you excited for the new season of True Detective? Sound off in the comments below!