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‘True Detective’ Season 2 Premiere Set for June 21 on HBO

“True Detective’s” second season will premiere on June 21, HBO announced Thursday.

Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch star in season two, which will span eight episodes this summer.

The new installment centers around a murder that brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal. All four involved must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California.

Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, L.A. County. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally, played by Kelly Reilly, struggles with his choices and her own. McAdams plays Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, and Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene that launches an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions and billions of dollars.

Season one starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, both of whom were nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes for their performances. The first season was also nominated at both award shows for outstanding drama series and best miniseries or television film, respectively.

“True Detective” is written and created by Nic Pizzolatto. The first two episodes of the new season will be directed by Justin Lin.

Watch the first trailer for season two of “True Detectivehere, and see the first cast photos here.

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