This Irish star has some HUGE news to celebrate today!

Not content with taking over the big screen with a string of Hollywood successes, Irish actor Colin Farrell now plans to take on the world of television.

The Dublin native confirmed that he will be starring in the second season of HBO drama True Detective.

He confirmed to the Sunday World that he will appear in at least eight episodes of the new series. Given that season one actually only had eight episodes in total, it sounds like Colin has a pretty major role!

Although he doesn't know many details yet, the actor said he is already "so excited" to begin filming. "I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids."

Colin has previously admitted that he keeps his children James and Henry out of the spotlight and that they know very little about their dad's fame. "They have no idea what I do for a living," he said in an interview earlier this year. 

"Henry saw me on the TV screen once and he went, 'What are you doing there?'" Aaaaw!

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will not be returning to their iconic True Detective roles this season, but the hunt is on for a big name female to star alongside Colin. Favourites at the moment are Rachel McAdams, Elisabeth Moss and Colin's Alexander co-star Rosario Dawson.

Hmmm, we don't mind if Rosario joins you on screen Colin, but you can leave the dodgy blonde wig behind this time!