Jodie Foster is HBO’s new True Detective, returning to his criminal roots

The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster is joining HBO’s True Detective franchise.

Foster, 59, will executive produce and star on the series’ fourth installment, True Detective: Night Country, Deadline reported.

This is Foster’s first major TV role as an adult.

“When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the six men who run the Tsalal Arctic Research Station disappear without a trace,” HBO explained in the story’s official description. “To solve the case, detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro must confront the darkness within them and dig for the haunted truths that lie buried beneath the eternal ice.”

Issa López will write and direct the show, and Barry Jenkins will also executive produce the anthology.

Two-time Academy Award winner Foster was just 12 when she landed her first role in Taxi Driver. She has appeared in several series, including Gunsmoke, My Three Sons, and ABC’s TV spin-off Paper Moon, but has not had a starring role on television since 1975. But she’s often remembered as FBI trainee Clarice Starling in “Jonathan” Demme’s 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins.

Foster has remained behind the camera, voicing Frasier, The X-Files and The Simpsons, and directing episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Black Mirror and Tales From the Loop. ”

True Detective has previously attracted A-list movie stars including Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff, among others.

The show does not have a release date yet.

COPPIN' ATTITUDE: Woody Harrelson (left) and Matthew McConaughey (right) in "True detective."
Woody Harrelson (left) and Matthew McConaughey (right) appear in Season 1 of the HBO anthology series True Detective.
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