Hot New Series: True Detective

True Detective

Brand new US drama series True Detective stars Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Matthew McConaughey (The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club) and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson (Out of the Furnace, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, two Louisiana detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer.

1995: Detectives Martin Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey), partners in Louisiana’s Criminal Investigation Division, are assigned to a macabre murder by a killer with disturbing occult leanings. As they attempt to uncover the secrets of this bizarre crime, their own lives collide and intertwine in unexpected, sometimes catastrophic ways.

2012: When a similar case leads to an investigation of the original 1995 murder by two new detectives, Martin and Rust separately tell the story of both the investigation and their lives, including why Cohle left CID in 2002.

At first glance, Martin Hart and Rust Cohle couldn’t be more different. Hart, a native Louisianan, is an outgoing family man with two kids, whose marriage to Maggie (Michelle Monaghan, Gone Baby Gone) is buckling under the stress of the job. Cohle, a former undercover narcotics detective from Texas, embraces isolation, articulating a pessimistic, even bleak, world view. But they share an obsession with justice and a facility for violence that will inflict irreparable damage on both men.

True Detective also stars Kevin Dunn (Luck) as Major Quesada, Hart and Cohle’s boss; Tory Kittles (Sons of Anarchy) and Michael Potts (The Wire) as detectives Papania and Gilbough, in charge of the 2012 investigation; Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) as Laurie; Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) as revivalist Joel Theriot; Clarke Peters (Treme) as a rural minister; Jay O. Sanders (Person of Interest) as Billy Lee Tuttle; and Lili Simmons (Banshee) as Beth, a prostitute.

True Detective will premiere exclusively on Sky Atlantic HD on Saturday 22 February at 9pm