After weeks of speculation, HBO has officially confirmed that Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch have joined the cast of the second season of "True Detective."

In a press release, the network announced the official synopsis and character descriptions for the second season of the critically-acclaimed drama, while also welcoming McAdams, Kitsch, and fellow new addition Kelly Reilly to the cast. All three had been previously rumored to be a lock for "Detective" -- and Kitsch confirmed his casting in a recent interview -- but there had yet to be official word from HBO until now.

Here's a rundown of the characters -- including those played by previously-announced actors Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn -- from HBO's press release:

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.


Season two of "True Detective" is set to run for eight hour-long episodes, with the first two helmed by director Justin Lin (the "Fast & Furious" franchise). Production has begun in California, though no premiere date has been announced yet.

[via: HBO]

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