Two out of the three cops on the new season of True Detective will be Canadian as, finally, HBO has officially confirmed Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch to the cast. Now you can start rubbing the sh-t out of your Gossip Genie. The release came out yesterday and, you’ll recall, last week when Rachel was seen arriving at LAX (click here for a refresher), I wondered at the time if it was to close the deal. All the deals are done now and they’ve already started. Here’s HBO’s announcement:


The eight-episode hour-long drama has begun production in California.

Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto.
Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes.

Previously announced cast:

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.

Newly added cast:

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.

Question apropos of nothing but everything: do you trust TV cops more than real cops?

Rachel’s cop is clearly one of the good ones struggling in a corrupt environment. I can see now why they wanted her for the role. I believe her in that situation. And I look forward to the range she may be able to show us when her idealism is broken – because for a character like that to be interesting, she will have to be pushed there, right?

As for Taylor Kitsch, basically I’m expecting the law enforcement version of Charlie Hunnam’s Jax Teller on Sons Of Anarchy. Similarly, Kelly Reilly’s part sounds like Katey Sagal’s Gemma, one of the most complicated, intriguing, and generally awesome female characters in the history of television.

It’s a solid career boost for everyone involved.

But…um…where’s the diversity?