HBO's True Detective was one of televisions dark horse success stories of 2014, which means that the crime/drama series is now facing heightened expectations for its upcoming second season. What make this situation all the more interesting, though, is that the show (as created and written by Nic Pizzolatto) is an anthology series that will feature new faces both onscreen and behind the camera, during its sophomore season.
Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Rachel McAdams are starring in True Detective season two as three California-based officers of the law - each of whom has a dark side - while Vince Vaughn is stepping into the shoes of the antagonist: a career crook who is attempting to go legit at last. That's easier said than done, of course, and soon all four characters find themselves tangled in a conspiracy - one that involves murder, the criminal underbelly of society, and the Occult.
Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) is directing the first two episodes of True Detective season two, while Danish filmmaker Janus Metz Pedersen (Armadillo) is calling the shots on episode three; the helmsmen for the additional five episodes remain TBA. The first set images from the ongoing production have found their way online (via Coming Soon), and they feature the three main leads filming on location in downtown Los Angeles.
There's not too much insight or information to be gleaned from these True Detective set images, though it appears the sequence being filmed involves a shoot-out in downtown LA, with Farrell (whose Miami Vice 'stache is back), McAdams, and Kitsch brandishing firearms in the heat of a dangerous situation, in different photos. Season one had its fair share of violent confrontations (warning: that link is NSFW), in between scenes of moody drama and slow-burn plot/character development, so that approach will likely be carried over into season two - with one such action scene being filmed here.
Carey Fukunaga directed every episode of True Detective's debut season, instilling the Louisiana-based crime/drama proceedings with a southern-fried Gothic vibe, to go with the heavy helpings of philosophical food for thought (see: Matthew McConaughey's "McConaugh-logues"). Season two will no doubt also feature characters pontificating about their situations, though it's trading in season one's setting for a more urbanized underworld. That's a backdrop Lin understands, after having made four Fast and the Furious movies; and thus, having him set the visual template for season two makes all the more sense, for that reason.
Between that switch-up in setting and the casting decisions - which have drawn by and large mixed reactions so far - it'll be interesting to see what the response to True Detective season two is like, compared to season one. One concern is that, surface differences aside, the characters/conflicts will tread too closely to what came before (a problem that's inflicted fellow anthology series American Horror Story of late), but what details have been revealed so far suggest that might not be an issue.
True Detective season two is expected to start airing on HBO this summer; we'll let you know when it gets an official premiere date.
Source: Coming Soon
"True Detective" artwork by Deniszizen @DeviantArt
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