Will Colin Farrell star in the new season of 'True Detective'?

The actor recently said he is officially part of the new season and that he is 'so excited.' The first season of the HBO drama drew acclaim for its storyline and the performances of its two leads, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

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Colin Farrell recently said in an interview that he is part of the new season of the HBO drama 'True Detective.'

Will actor Colin Farrell star in the upcoming second season of the HBO drama “True Detective”?

Farrell recently told the Sunday World that he is involved with the new episodes of the cable show.

“I’m doing the second series,” he said. “I’m so excited.”

The actor also said the new season will consist of the same number of episodes as the first.

“I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot,” Farrell said. “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. These are early days and all the powers that be are working out locations and schedules and trying to lock down the cast.”

Jeff Sneider of TheWrap reported that Farrell was in talks for a role in the show two months ago.

HBO has not commented, according to E!

The news that the second season will be taking place in California had emerged before – “Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto said on the radio program “To the Best of Our Knowledge” that “it takes place in California – not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser known venues of California – and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one.”

Pizzolatto also said at the time that “we’re working with three leads,” but Farrell didn’t specify whether he is playing one of them or whether he is a supporting character, or perhaps even a villain. Meanwhile, in an interview with the website HitFix, Pizzolatto also said that the new season will center on "the secret occult history of the United States transportation system."

The first season of “True Detective" starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in acclaimed performances as police detectives looking into a series of odd murders. The show was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards and both actors were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Director Cary Fukunaga, who directed all eight episodes of the first season, was nominated for and took home the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in a year dominated by the final season of the AMC drama “Breaking Bad.” (“Detective” also won Emmys in such categories as Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Main Title Design.)

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