Rachel takes the lead as she joins Farrell for the second series of hit detective show
Hollywood's leading lady Rachel McAdams has been confirmed for a lead role in the second series of True Detective.
The Notebook actress will star opposite Dubliner Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch.
McAdams had been hotly tipped for a part in recent months and will play no-nonsense detective Ani Bezzerides in the hit HBO crime drama.
The 36-year-old had long been a favourite for the female lead, but had been prevented from committing to Nic Pizzolatto's show immediately because of a scheduling clash with Catholic Church sex scandal film Spotlight, according to Variety.
Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are on board to play police officers Ray Velcoro and Paul Woodrugh, while Vince Vaughn will star as criminal entrepreneur Frank Semyon.
Production has already started on series two, which "revolves around three police officers and a career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder".
The murder victim is believed to be corrupt businessman Ben Caspar who had been working with Semyon on a major transportation deal.
The first two episodes of eight will be directed by The Fast and the Furious director, Justin Lin.
Colin was pictured for the first time on set in Los Angeles last Friday, getting in character as rough around the edges detective Ray Velcoro. The 38-year-old actor sported a full moustache and a well-worn ensemble, including a tweed blazer over a khaki button-up, tucked into faded jeans.
The father-of-two revealed he was excited to land the part and revealed he was happy the show was being shot in LA.
"We're shooting in the environs of Los Angeles, which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids," he said.
"These are early days and all the powers that be are working out locations and schedules and trying to lock down the cast," he added.
The first season of the show starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson burst onto screens in January to much acclaim by viewers and critics.
HBO have yet to confirm an air date but True Detective is expected to reach TV screens next summer.