‘True Detective’ Season 2: Elisabeth Moss Circling a Role; New Character Details

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true detective season 2 elisabeth moss True Detective Season 2: Elisabeth Moss Circling a Role; New Character Details

Season one of True Detective was very much the dark horse TV success story of early 2014, so now there’s a lot of interest from the public in the development process of the anthology series’ second season. Creator and show writer Nic Pizzolatto has said that the new season of the crime/mystery drama will take place in California and feature four central players; in recent weeks, three of those key roles have taken a step closer to being filled, but are not yet officially off the table.

Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are reportedly up to play two of the three detective roles from True Detective season two, while The Wrap is now reporting that Golden Globe-winner Elisabeth Moss (best known for playing Peggy Olson on Mad Men) is being eyed for the last investigator character in the story. In addition, The Wrap‘s new report asserts that Vince Vaughn, whose potential involvement with the show came to light yesterday, is apparently in line to play the series’ antagonist (not necessarily season two’s big killer/villain, mind you).

The Wrap‘s report also includes several (unconfirmed) details on True Detective season two’s four main characters, along with some information about the beginning of this season’s over-arching narrative. You may note that most of this information gels with the recent rumors about the story and characters for the series’ new season (though that doesn’t, per se, mean this information is completely accurate):

  • Ray Velcro (Farrell) is a grizzled detective who’s long had a rough time in “both his personal and professional lives.”
  • Paul Woodrugh (Kitsch) is a 28-year old detective and veteran “who has seen his share of violence and destruction.”
  • Ani Bezzerides (Moss) is a no-nonsense sheriff from Monterey, who has gambling and drinking problems as a result of her “troubled upbringing.”
  • Frank Semyon (Vaughn), a “former thug” who’s now a respectable businessman, pushing for the construction of a high-speed railway system that links Southern and Northern California.

true detective season 2 casting True Detective Season 2: Elisabeth Moss Circling a Role; New Character Details

Similar to True Detective season one, this new season begins with a gruesome death - that of Ben Caspar, the mayor of a (fictional) California city, who’s found dead “on a lonely stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur” – having clearly been murdered, with his corpse covered in satanic symbols. Pizzolatto has backed off his earlier claim that True Detective S2 will be examining “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system”; The Wrap, however, reports the investigation into Caspar’s personal life reveals that he was “involved in the occult.” 

In general, it sounds as though True Detective season two will carryover the approach on season two – using pulpy crime genre tropes to explore larger philosophical concepts and offer a rich deconstruction of detective archetypes. Combine that with the potential cast – an intriguing lineup of talent for sure – and it seems there’s good reason for True Detective fans to be excited about where this new season is headed.

We’ll continue to keep you up to speed on True Detective season two’s development.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. wow, these are the worst of the worst, practically. every single one of these choices is pretty damn horrible. Colin Farell just can’t seem to be that great, Elizabeth moss is just plain horrible. who the heck is taylor kitch? and vince vaugn is barely good at comedy.
    Season 1 I watched because of the two leads. but really, this format is disgustingly copy cat unoriginal from American Horror Story. someone gets an idea, and everyone has to copy.
    I have watched my one and only season of True Detective. the show has jumped the shark.

    • Are you kidding? American Horror Story is hardly the first anthology series.

  2. You should change your name to naivety.

    Who said Vaughn is playing a comedy role? Google Kisch, if you know how. Farell is a versatile actor with plenty of chops to play a tormented cop. The fact you think this show copied AHS…one of the most unoriginal, campy concepts in recent anthology television (something that has been around probably longer than you, judging by your mannerisms and ideas). Either way…bugger off with your ignorant opinions.

    I’m looking forward to it, and while my expectations are in check, I think they’ve got something special here, but this season will be the tell-tale.

  3. realist, ur clearly jus a hater of the actors rumored. im not a fan of any of them but the story & writing for season 1 i thought was great & clearly so do a lot of other people so hell ya ill watch, btw watch domestic disturbance & tell me vince vaughn isn’t good as a antagonist, & implying that TD is copying american horror story because they’re both anthology series? ur a giant goof!

    • I expressed my opinion and am now a ‘hater’? Hahaha. really, kids, this is not even a word and it’s a very immature one at that. I’m not hater. I’m a lover. just not of what and who you want me to be.
      of course, because my opinion is different than yours. I don’t like these actors and i dont like this show any longer.
      i am choosing (i can still do that in America, right?) to watch something else.
      I tuned out of American Horror story somewhere during the last season because of all the anti-male pro-female propaganda.
      What i was hoping was good about TV is THERE ARE SO MANY PROGRAMS TO CHOOSE FROM!!!

      So i can continue to watch the walking dead because i CHOOSE TO.
      I can watch the final season of Boardwalk Empire because i CHOOOSE TO.
      I can discontinue watching Modern Family because it’s no longer anywhere near as funny as season 1 because i CHOOSE TO.
      and I have yet to watch a single episode of Family Guy because i CHOOSE NOT TO.
      You do not decide what i like or don’t like and you will not bully me into watching or liking or thinking what you watch or like or think.
      I am not telling anyone else what to watch or like or think and i am not attacking anyone for doing so.
      your malicious attacks have not changed my mind. I’m a bit stronger than that.
      TV doesnt’ dictate my world. I have other interests. and none of them have to do with how and when i’m gonna hurt your little sensitive feelings by not agreeing with you.

      • Realist I respect your opinion. I’m just shocked that you’ve decided you wont be watching TD Season 2 just because of the actors cast.

        Remember when Matt Mconoghey was a Rom-Com superstar?
        What about heath ledger as the joker?
        Sure, i’m skeptical of Kitsch, but if he was cast, it musta been for good reason.

        Lets give this a shot, shall we? Pizzolato delivered a great first season. Why not give the chance for one more?

  4. Do we have any idea yet as to when this season takes place?

    I only ask because the rumored storylines don’t seem to be all that current.
    That’s not a knock or a bad thing, it’s just that topics like the occult and highway/transportation systems seem more in line with the early to mid 1900′s or at the latest the 80′s.

    • The occult is still ongoing, genuinely don’t know where you get the impression it has to be set years ago. It’s actually scarier to know it’s still being practiced today, which is perfect for this show.

      I’d assume it’d stick to the flashbacks and modern model that season 1 used so well but who knows? Looking forward to finding out more.

  5. Wait…. high speed rail? Does California even have high speed rail? So this is set not in the 80′s but current?

    • They’ve been trying to get an LA to SF rail happening for decades.

  6. The haters are always going to hate, I don’t care who the new actors are going to be, this sounds really good so far, IN Nic Pizzolatto I Trust.

  7. Vaughn can actually be really good when he’s not playing a perpetual man-child in terrible comedies so him as an antagonist seems like perfect casting to me.

  8. I really did not want Farrell (and to a lesser degree Kitsch) involved in True Detective, neither deserve it, Farrell is the kiss of death to everything he is in, I hope he does not screw this up as well.

  9. I really wish they’d finalize the cast already.