Some more news has surfaced surrounding the second season of HBO's True Detective. We've already heard that Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch were in talks to play two of three investigators in the story. Now according to The Wrap, Vince Vaughn is in talks with the cable network to play the central antagonist. They also report that Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss is looking to take on the female lead. If this all goes through, then this show is going to have a pretty incredible cast.
I've seen a lot of people complaining about Vaughn's possible part in the series, but I think the guy would be awesome. He may have made a lot silly comedies in his career, but the guy has acting chops, and I can see a series like this bringing out a side of the actor that no one has seen before. I think a lot of people who were complaining about his involvement will be praising his performance in the end.
Now on to the juicy story details! The following information comes from a breakdown that The Wrap managed to get their hands on, and it sounds like we're in for another amazing season!
The second season of True Detective will follow the death of Ben Caspar, the corrupt city manager of a fictional California city who's found brutally murdered amid a potentially groundbreaking transportation deal that would forever change freeway gridlock in the state. Three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding out who did it. They soon discover their investigation has much broader and darker implications than they initially thought.
Caspar's 52-year-old corpse is found on a lonely stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur — satanic symbols etched on his chest. It turns out he had a penchant for rough sex and may have been involved in the occult.
Vaughn is in talks to play Frank Semyon, a former thug-turned-businessman who's working with a local mayor and his political cohorts to spearhead the construction of a high-speed railway system that links Southern California to Northern California in order to reap financial gains from federal grants and land purchases.
[Elisabeth Moss] Moss, who recently played a small-town cop in the similarly themed, “Top of the Lake,” is being eyed to play Ani Bezzerides, a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.
Farrell is nearing a deal to play Ray Velcoro, who has been damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional lives.
Kitsch is angling for the role of Paul Woodrugh, a handsome, 28-year-old military veteran who has seen his own share of violence and destruction. Forbes, who starred on the first season of The Killing, has been rumored for a part on True Detective, and it's possible she could play either Farrell's ex-wife (a survivor of sexual assault) or Vaughn's charming but mercurial wife.
This is going to be intense. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto is still in the process of working on the script, and polishing it up. Cary Fukunaga directed all of the episodes in Season 1, but they won't be locking in one director this time around. The network in currently looking at hiring several different directors to help bring the second season to life.