Writer and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto blew everyone’s minds last year when HBO debuted True Detective, the former novelist-turned-screenwriter’s gritty Southern noir-meets-Lovecraftian horror story anchored by solid performances from veteran actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. True Detective season two, which is set in a fictional L.A. suburb, premieres in June, and HBO just dropped a new trailer for the upcoming season, giving us a (wordless) preview of the show and its new cast.
In addition to the trailer, HBO also released a synopsis outlining the main characters and their conflicts:
“A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.”
Despite its lack of audible dialogue, the trailer is intriguing; going solely on the sheer number of dramatic gazes crammed into its singular minute, this season is shaping up to be a heady one.