We’re coming up on the one-month mark in the countdown to the premiere of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO series True Detective. HBO released a new poster, which shows stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson armed and badged in black and white. As if their facial expressions aren’t enough of an indication that this show means business, the two men are set behind the words “Touch darkness and darkness touches you back.”
The description links McConaughey and Harrelson’s characters Rust Cohle and Martin Hart with a murder mystery that goes back to 1995 and is re-opened in 2012…
The series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer, ranging from the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 to the reopening of the case in 2012. Michelle Monaghan also stars as Hart’s wife, Maggie, who struggles to keep her family together as the men in her life become locked in a cycle of violence and obsession. Alexandra Daddario is also featured as Lisa Tragnetti, a court reporter and mistress of Hart's. Written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga, who are executive producers along with Steve Golin and Scott Stephens.
We know McConaughey and Harrelson are great together, and we also know that they can be funny when they want to be, but all evidence — including the trailer below — indicates that this series will aim for dark, gritty and maybe at least a little bit thrilling, with the promise (by the title of the video) of a “slow boil.”
I’m all for a slow boil, as long as it boils. Whether or not this becomes the next must-watch murder mystery remains to be seen. Here’s hoping though. In the meantime, we have the prospect of a serious McConaughey and Harrelson pairing, which is reason enough to tune in when the series premieres January 12 at 9:00 p.m. Here’s the other trailer:
Check out the True Detective website DarknessBecomesYou.com.