November 24, 2014 / 9:34 PM / 4 years ago

Actress Rachel McAdams added to HBO's 'True Detective' cast

Actress Rachel McAdams arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York, May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly have joined the cast for the second season of HBO crime thriller “True Detective,” the premium cable network said on Monday.

The three will join two previously announced stars, Irish actor Colin Farrell and U.S. actor Vince Vaughn, in the eight-part miniseries, which was a big hit for HBO earlier this year and received five Primetime Emmy awards.

The second season is in production in California and revolves around three police officers, a career criminal and a murder, HBO said.

Farrell, 38, will play compromised detective Ray Velcoro, and Vaughn, 44, will star as criminal mastermind Frank Semyon in the series from writer Nic Pizzolatto.

HBO said McAdams, the 36-year-old “Midnight in Paris” actress, would play an uncompromising and ethical sheriff, while “Lone Survivor” actor Kitsch, 33, will play a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer.

Reilly, a 37-year-old English actress, will play Semyon’s wife, Jordan, a former D-list actress.

“Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes. A premiere date for the second season has not been announced.

The first season of “True Detective” was set in Louisiana and centered on a series of satanic murders, pairing seasoned film stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

The show’s January premiere helped establish buzz around McConaughey before he won his first best actor Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Von Ahn

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