Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn to star in True Detective

Actors Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will take leading roles in the second season of HBO's crime thriller True Detective, Time Warner Inc's cable network said on Tuesday.

Irish actor Farrell, 38, will star as compromised detective Ray Velcoro.

Vaughn, 44, will star as criminal mastermind Frank Semyon in the eight-part drama, HBO said.

Vaughn will be one of the leading actors in True Detective's season 2.

The series follow three police officers and a career criminal tackling a complex conspiracy after a murder, the network said.

Written by Nic Pizzolatto, the first two episodes will be directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin.

The series will go into production this fall in California.

The first season of True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart was a hit for HBO.

The show won five Primetime Emmy awards last month, including best directing for Cary Fukunaga, who directed all eight episodes.



The series also made waves by pairing veteran film stars McConaughey and Harrelson.

Its premiere in January helped drive the buzz around McConaughey before he won his first best actor Oscar in March for Dallas Buyers Club.

Cary Joji Fukunaga poses with his Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series award at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Television still of True Detective season 1 starring Woody Harrelson (left) and Matthew McConaughey. Photos: Reuters, HBO Asia, Universal City Studio

Farrell has carved out an eclectic career with films such as 2002 thriller Phone Booth, 2008 dark comedy In Bruges and 2012's ensemble Seven Psychopaths.

Vaughn is best known for his comedy work in movies such as 2005's Wedding Crashers and 2013's The Internship.

The second season of True Detective faces the challenge of living up to the critical acclaim and buzz of the first, with a new cast, storyline and director. - Reuters

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