Colin Farrell will be in the second season of True Detective. Definitely. This is not one of those strange casting rumors that have been circulating for months. The Irish actor confirmed the news in an interview with Ireland’s Sunday World, saying: “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.” The HBO series will be filmed in California, and Farrell says that although he will be in it, he’s in the dark about much of the story (which suggests that he hasn’t seen complete scripts). “I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.”
This will be the first time that the Hollywood movie star has acted on television since his early days on the Irish TV series Ballykissangel, and he’s not the first big-screen star to make the move to television drama, which he feels is because TV currently has outstanding writing. “It’s been shown time and time again how [channels like] HBO have raised the bar regarding production values and fundamentally the writing that all their shows are based on,” he said. “It’s extraordinary; it has reached a new level. You get to familiarize yourself with characters week after week. You get to build a life that takes a while to experience as an actor and also that takes a while to experience as a viewer. There’s just a greater sense of life to it.” After Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the kudos that True Detective received, there are high hopes for Farrell’s performance and for the second season. It certainly can’t be any worse than Farrell’s most recent film, Winter’s Tale.