Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye) is set to star opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective, HBO‘s upcoming eight-episode drama, which has a straight-to-series order. The high-concept project is descried as an elevated serial narrative with multiple perspectives and time frames. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened. Monaghan will play the female lead, Maggie Hart, the wife of Martin Hart (Harrelson), a woman who makes a hard decision that has long-reaching and devastating consequences.

True Detective was written on spec by Nic Pizzolatto, with Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) on board to direct. Anonymous Content, which manages Pizzolatto and Fukunaga, developed True Detective in-house and will be producing the series for HBO. Monaghan’s upcoming films include Gus with Radha Mitchell and Better Living Through Chemistry with Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell, which are about to hit the festival circuit. She is with ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and attorney Robert Offer.