Michelle Monahan Set as Female Lead Opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE

     January 14, 2013


It’s been clear that we’re experiencing a new Golden Age of television for more than a couple of years now, and refreshingly original storytelling in serialized form doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.  One of the more exciting projects on the horizon is HBO’s anthology cop drama True Detective.  HBO recently ordered eight episodes of the series, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives who are drawn into the 17-year search for a serial killer in Louisiana.  Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre) is onboard to helm all eight episodes of season one, and now they’ve found their female lead in Michelle Monaghan.  Hit the jump for more.

Per TV Line, Monaghan will play the wife of Harrelson’s character who “makes a hard decision that has long-reaching and devastating consequences.”  The ambitious series makes use of multiple timelines and perspectives, as the 1995 investigation is interlaced with testimony from 2012, where the case has been reopened.  As a huge fan of Fukunaga’s work and the three leads, I have very, very high hopes for this one.

The plan for True Detective is to feature a new mystery and all-new cast each season, so the limited run and Fukunaga’s creative control should be a major draw for acting talent.  Look for more news soon.