It’s been a while in coming, but HBO has finally confirmed two cast members for True Detective season 2. Colin Farrell let the cat out of the bag this past weekend (after months of his rumored involvement, admittedly), but now both he and Vince Vaughn are officially set to appear in the next installment of creator Nic Pizzolatto’s broody, philosophical, detective drama anthology series.
Here is HBO’s official logline for True Detective season two (which Farrell also confirmed will, in fact, take place in California):
“Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”
Vaughn, as it were, will play the series’ fourth “lead” – a man by the name of Frank Semyon, described by HBO as a “career criminal [who’s] in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”
As we’ve mentioned before (including on the SRU Podcast), before he established his comedy “shtick,” Vaughn delivered a handful of chilling and unnerving performances, including as Norman Bates in the Psycho remake and as serial killer Lester Long in Clay Pigeons. That is to say, we’re intrigued to see what he does with the role of Frank Semyon, who looks to have quite the dark side (and was reportedly written by Pizzolatto with Vaughn in mind).
Could a McConaughey-style renaissance lie in the cards for Vaughn, following his True Detective role? Only time will tell. Moving on…
Farrell, as previously reported, will play one of the three aforementioned police officers, named Ray Velcoro. HBO’s official description of the character is “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” Taylor Kitsch is still said to be the front-runner to play Velcoro’s partner, who is a younger detective, but also a troubled veteran, named Paul Woodrugh.
Deadline, meanwhile, is confirming a previous report that, just this past week, several people read for the True Detective season two female lead role – the remaining “police officer,” mentioned in the official logline. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) no longer appears to be in the running for that role, having boarded the drama Truth and committed to starring in a Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles early next year.
The Deadline report also mentions that Pizzolatto may have been testing for another female role last week, in addition to the remaining detective role – reported to be troubled small-town sheriff Ani Bezzerides – so it’s possible that a couple of names on the shortlist will ultimately join the True Detective season two cast… playing different people in the True Detective universe, that is.
In addition, Keira Knightley is reportedly now in the running for the female lead as well, joining the likes of Rosario Dawson and Jessica Biel, among a number of others. Rachel McAdams, whose name entered the True Detective conversation just a while back, may be out of the race, due to a scheduling conflict (or so Deadline‘s sources have been informed). It’ll be interesting to see just who ends up securing the role of Sheriff Bezzerides, when all is said and done.
Lastly, we previously reported that director Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious 3-6) was in talks to work on True Detective season two, and now he is officially set to serve as the helmsman on the first two of the season’s eight episodes total. We expect to soon learn who’s directing the remaining episodes, along with official details on the female lead.
The hiring of Lin, however, is a clear signal that, right out of the gate, True Detective season two will offer a similarly atmospheric, yet otherwise starkly different vision of a neo-Noir world than season one did. (Think a Californian setting closer to that in the films Collateral and Drive, for example.) Color us intrigued, to find out just what the final result is like.
True Detective season 2 will begin production before the end of the year; it is expected to air on HBO in Summer 2015.