Jodie Foster will play Liz Danvers is HBO’s True Detective (Picture: Toni Anne Barson / FilmMagic)

Jodie Foster is set to star in the fourth season of American crime drama True Detective.

The 59-year-old actress will play Liz Danvers in the HBO crime drama, according to Deadline.

Jodie, who shot to fame as a child star in Freaky Friday before scoring Oscar-winning success in roles including Silence of the Lambs, has not appeared in a regular role on television since 1974, when she starred in Paper Moon.

More recently, Jodie guest-starred on The Simpsons in 2009, voicing the usually-silent character Maggie.

But now, returning to screens, Jodie will be investigating the mysterious disappearances of six people from a research station in Alaska in the anthology series.

She last played a regular TV role in 1974 (Picture: ABACA/PA Images)

A description from HBO reads: ‘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 and Evangeline Navarro will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunting truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.’

Jodie is no stranger to a crime detective role (Picture: Ken Regan/Orion/Kobal/REX)

She played Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs (Picture: Ken Regan/Orion/Kobal/REX)

Jodie will also serve as executive producer for the upcoming series, while scripts are penned by Issa Lopez.

While she may be marking her return to television for the first time in a while, Jodie is no stranger to crime roles, having played a different law enforcement part as Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs.

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True Detective has been reinventing itself since it debuted in 2014 with each fresh season following new characters and scenarios.

Famously, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey put the series on the map in the debut season; Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell fronted the second run, before Mahershala Ali boar the third.

True Detective currently streams on HBO Max in the US.

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