Matthew McConaughey appears to be finally becoming the movie star that his potential promised all those years ago, whether it’s by taking off his clothes in Magic Mike or ruining the sanctity of a fried chicken wing in Killer Joe. There’s one thing he’s never done though: Star in a TV show. That’s a format that Woody Harrelson is all too familiar with though. The one time goofy Cheers bartender has since turned into quite the consummate leading man himself (Seriously, who saw that coming?), and now he and McConaughey are teaming up for what appears to be the next big thing on TV: The HBO drama series, True Detective.
Written by Nic Pizzolatto – who’s also penning Tom Cruise’s The Magnificent Seven remake – the show will be an 8-part limited series detailing how the lives of two Louisiana detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), become entangled, and not always to their relationship’s betterment, during a 17-year long manhunt for a vicious serial killer. The show will be told from the dual perspectives of the two detectives in 2012, when the case is reopened, and their viewpoint as they document what happened from the moment of the first bizarre killing in 1995. And standing behind the camera for all 8 episodes will be Cary Fukunaga, acclaimed director of Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre fame.
That’s seriously quite the talent pool that HBO has assembled, and it certainly appears to have paid dividends based on this fantastic first trailer for the show.
True Detective will be debuting on HBO in January 2014, and hopefully, with the help of this chicken that I’m sacrificing to the gods, will be following onto local TV screens not too long thereafter.
Last Updated: September 10, 2013