Irish actor Colin Farrell has confirmed he will star in the second season of HBO's 'True Detective', ending months of speculation that linked the likes of Brad Pitt and Christian Bale with the role. Speaking to Ireland's Sunday World, Farrell said: "I'm doing the second series. I'm so excited."

Colin FarrellColin Farrell is in True Detective season 2

The news won't come as a huge surprise to fans that have followed the rumors. Back in July, The Wrap reported that Farrell was "in talks" for a key role in the series and that he was likely to be joined by Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn.

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Farrell did not go into details about his character but confirmed that the second season will shoot in California.

"I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot," he said "I know very little about it, but we're shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.These are early days and all the powers that be are working out locations and schedules and trying to lock down the cast."

Farrell added, "It's been shown time and time again how [cable channels like] HBO have raised the bar regarding production values and fundamentally the writing that all their shows are based on."

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In March, creator Nic Pizzollato said the new season would be about "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system". He suggested that there would be four lead roles, one of which would be female. The 'Mad Men' actress Elisabeth Moss was said to be in talks for the role, as was Rachel McAdams.

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