The crime drama will premiere on Sky Atlantic, including the HD channel, later this month. The eight episode run is the latest gritty saga from HBO with McConaughey and Harrelson appearing as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, two Louisiana detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer.
The storyline sees us going right back to 1995 when the detectives, partners in Louisiana’s Criminal Investigation Division, are assigned to a macabre murder by a killer with disturbing occult leanings. As they attempt to uncover the secrets of this bizarre crime, their own lives collide and intertwine in unexpected, sometimes catastrophic ways.
2012: When a similar case leads to an investigation of the original 1995 murder by two new detectives, Martin and Rust separately tell the story of both the investigation and their lives, including why Cohle left CID in 2002.
At first glance, Martin Hart and Rust Cohle couldn’t be more different. Hart, a native Louisianan, is an outgoing family man with two kids, whose marriage to Maggie (Michelle Monaghan, Gone Baby Gone) is buckling under the stress of the job. Cohle, a former undercover narcotics detective from Texas, embraces isolation, articulating a pessimistic, even bleak, world view. But they share an obsession with justice and a facility for violence that will inflict irreparable damage on both men.
True Detective premieres on Sky Atlantic on Saturday the 22nd of January at 9pm.