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True Detective – Night Country: HBO officially confirms the fourth season and Jodie Foster’s anticipated co-lead

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The fourth season of True Detective, dubbed Night Country, has been officially greenlit by HBO and Jodie Foster will be the series lead. Here’s everything we know about it so far. 

While there’s no shortage of crime dramas to add to our watch list, there are a select few that cement themselves in our minds as among the very best.

Narrowing down the best from the canon of crime-related series is, of course, entirely subjective but we remain confident that The Killing, Line Of Duty, Luther and Mare Of Easttown are some of the greats. And one certain HBO series that we still hail as one of the most thought-provoking is True Detective.

The show premiered back in 2014 and, as an anthology series, each season focuses on a new case, with all new stories and an entirely fresh (and star-studded) ensemble cast.

With the third season airing back in 2019, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the gritty series on our screens but it seems as though the streaming gods have finally heard our prayers. That’s right – the fourth season of True Detective is currently in the works and has been given the official greenlight by HBO. 

Here’s everything we know about True Detective: Night Country so far.

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Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff starred in the most recent series of HBO's True Detective.

What will True Detective: Night Country be about?

The fourth season of the acclaimed crime drama looks like it’ll follow the same format as the series that came before it: it’ll be gritty, eye-opening and terribly addictive. 

According to the official HBO synopsis:

“When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the six men that operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.”

While this anticipated fourth season is still technically in the development stages, certain leading cast member announcements have all but given the next instalment the green light…

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Rachel McAdams starred in the second series of True Detective in 2015.

Who will star in True Detective: Night Country?

As previously mentioned, the project has now been given the anticipated greenlight by HBO after months of speculation.

And the upcoming series has not one, but two stellar leading ladies at the helm of the drama. Oscar award-winning actor and director Jodie Foster will be taking the helm of the series as Detective Liz Danvers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was after a “prolonged round of negotiations” and Foster will also be credited as one of the show’s executive producers.

This role marks Foster’s first major TV role as an adult. Foster was just 12 when she starred in Taxi Driver and then went on to feature in series such as Gunsmoke, My Three Sons and ABC’s TV spinoff of Paper Moon and was also a child model. Even so, she has not had a starring role on the small screen since 1975. 

She has, however, earned best actress Oscar wins for The Accused and Silence Of The Lambs, starred in 2021’s The Mauritanian and also directed episodes of Orange Is The New Black and Black Mirror.

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Jodie Foster is confirmed to lead the cast of True Detective: Night Country as Detective Liz Danvers.

And now, with the news of HBO’s official series commission, Foster’s co-lead has also been announced. Actor, professional boxer and Indigenous rights advocate Kali Reis (Catch The Fair One) is set to star opposite Foster in True Detective: Night Country.

As of now, we have our two stellar female leads and no other confirmed cast members but what a strong start, right?

In series one, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson led the cast – and remain executive producers of the show – as Louisiana State police detectives investigating a 17-year-long serial killer rampage. Series two starred Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn and explored the murder of a corrupt politician. The most recent instalment took place in the Ozarks and starred Mahershala Ali (Swan Song) and Carmen Ejogo (Selma) but focused on a missing children case that left us guessing till the very last moment.

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Kali Reis is confirmed as the co-lead in HBO's True Detective: Night Country.

What will be different with True Detective: Night Country?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the HBO series is making its comeback but without creator Nic Pizzolatto at the helm. Pizzolatto rose to fame after True Detective’s first season earned 12 Emmy nominations and as an entire franchise, the three seasons have collectively earned more than 20 nominations.

In 2020, the showrunner and HBO confirmed that they would “part ways”, but as HBO owns the rights to the crime drama, plans for upcoming series have always been in the pipeline.

THR sources have said that HBO have recruited Issa López (Tigers Are Not Afraid) to pen a script for the new season, with Alan Page Arriaga (Shining Girls, Fear the Walking Dead) also on board as a writer.

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) is also signed up to executive produce the upcoming series and if season four continues to move forward, López is slated to direct the pilot, as well as serving as an executive producer and directing further multiple episodes.

The drama does a stellar job of cementing you right in the middle of harrowing cases and consistently delivers on plotlines, characters and drama, so it’s safe to say we’re excited for the fourth series.

While release date and further casting announcements aren’t currently known, we’ll be sure to update as soon as we know more. For now, though, why not catch up on True Detective and stream it via NOW TV or Amazon Prime

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