With its innovative format, tight focus on its central themes and a pair of juicy, powerful roles for stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, HBO's True Detective captured the cultural zeitgeist during the early part of 2014. The names circling the lead roles for Season 2 of creator Nic Pizzolatto's anthology crime drama include the likes of Vince Vaughn, and Taylor Kitsch, along with (reportedly) more than half a dozen contenders for the female lead role.
Now, however, perhaps the starriest name said to be in final talks has confirmed his involvement: Colin Farrell told Sunday World that he has signed on for the second season, saying: “I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited.”
Pieces of the plot for True Detective's second season have been coming together over the past few months. It seem the focus will shift from a modern vision of a Gothic, haunted South to the "lesser-known" corners of California, while there's going to be a radical re-invention of the format - one which will see multiple directors helm the next season, rather than just one (Jane Eyre's Cary Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of Season 1).
Farrell, when he confirmed his involvement, largely kept refrained from sharing any detail about True Detective season 2. Here is the actor's direct quote:
I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.
While this seems to confirm that at least part of the next season might be set in and around Los Angeles (despite Pizzolatto's comments to the contrary), the Southern California region routinely stands in for many other of the state's locales. Meanwhile, Farrell is rumored to play a character named Ray Velcro - a grizzled detective who’s gone through some trying experiences in “both his personal and professional lives.”
There have as yet been no official denial of these supposed character details, so we've been operating under the assumption that on True Detective season 2, Farrell and Kitsch's detective characters will cross paths with a Monterey sheriff (the female lead) and a shady-sounding businessman (Vince Vaughn). The season's overall plot is said to have something to do with the murder of a small-town mayor and a plan to link Northern and Southern California via high-speed rail.
Now that Farrell is officially on board, we can perhaps expect some of the other high profile names linked to the next season to confirm their involvement as well.
True Detective Season 2 is expected to air in Summer 2015.
Source: Sunday World