Following months of speculation, HBO announced True Detective: Night Country, the fourth installment of their Emmy-winning anthology crime drama in June 2022. Last airing in early 2019, the future of the series had been uncertain before the premium cable network greenlit the next iteration, which will include a new showrunner and cast.
This time, Tigers Are Not Afraid filmmaker Issa López will bring her “singular vision,” HBO executive vice president Francesca Orsi confirmed in a June 28 press statement, noting that the company is “tremendously excited to return” to the franchise.
Here’s everything to know about the highly anticipated new season so far.
True Detective Season 4 Cast
Just more than a month before HBO announced the fourth installment, Deadline reported that Jodie Foster would be True Detective’s next star, playing Detective Liz Danvers, in addition to serving as an executive producer. This will mark Foster’s first major TV role as an adult, having last starred in a small-screen production in 1975.
Confirming Foster’s True Detective casting on June 28, HBO also revealed that Kali Reis will co-star as Danvers’ detective partner Evangeline Navarro. Best known as a professional boxer, Reis made her acting debut in the 2021 independent film, Catch the Fair One, which earned her honors at the Tribeca Film Festival and Film Independent Spirit Awards. Reis is also a motivational speaker and vocal supporter of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement. She teaches young Native women how to fight, physically and vocally, against the targeting of Native youth.
On Sept. 23, several new stars joined the cast of True Detective Season 4. John Hawkes will play Hank Prior, “a police officer with old grudges hiding under a quiet surface,” per Variety. Christopher Eccleston will also star as Ted Corsaro, “the regional chief of police and a political animal with a long history tying him to Liz Danvers.”
Rose Aguineau will be played by Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw, and is described as “a survivalist with a past full of secrets.” Finn Bennett’s Peter Prior is “Liz Danvers’ protégé and apprentice — both for better or worse,” while Anna Lambe’s Kayla Malee is “a young nurse with little patience for anybody that messes with her family.”
True Detective Season 4 Plot
HBO released the following True Detective Season 4 logline:
“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 (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.”
True Detective Season 4 Trailer
Warner Bros. Discovery released the first True Detective: Night Country trailer at the unveiling of Max, the merged HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming service, in Los Angeles on April 12. The teaser shows Foster’s Danvers investigating the men’s disappearance, which she insists on treating like a murder case, despite pushback, all amid the darkness of Alaska’s “long night.” She also seems to have an adversarial relationship with Reis’ Navarro, who tells Danvers that “no one can stand” her. In another scene, the partners agree that this will be their last case together.
True Detective Season 4 Premiere Date
Though HBO has yet to announce when True Detective Season 4 will premiere, they did reveal that filming took place in Iceland. In early June 2022, López shared behind-the-scenes Instagram photos of her and her “fearless production team” location scouting in the Arctic. “A selfie before flying and starting prep,” the new showrunner captioned a June 13 post. “Let’s see how that compares to after the wrap...Here we go.”
True Detective Season 3, which starred Mahershala Ali, was filmed for about six months before wrapping production in August 2018, ahead of its January 2019 premiere. If Season 4 follows a similar timeline, fans can expect Night Country to arrive sometime in mid-2023 — but stay tuned for an official announcement because the network has, so far, only vaguely revealed that True Detective will return “this year.”
This post will be updated as more True Detective Season 4 details become available.
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