HBO has announced the casting for two of its four leads for the second season of crime drama, True Detective. Was yesterday’s reveal that Colin Farrell was to join the show a little premature – and is that was sparked today’s press release? The Irish star told reporters yesterday that he was involved in the second season of the smash series. Twenty four hours later and HBO have confirmed the actor’s statement – and thrown another name into the ‘definitely’ pile: Vince Vaughn.
The goofball extraordinaire has officially joined the ranks for Nic Pizzolato’s hugely successful crime drama. Initially it was unclear how exactly the second season would expand on the world created in the first. A now-legendary eight-episode run with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the show won over critics and fans. The pair played two detectives, whose hunt to track down a Louisiana serial killer spanned a sprawling seventeen years. It was later announced that the show would adopt the anthology series style – bringing in completely different casts and storylines for each recurring season.
The network have also hinted towards the general gist of the new story, which will veer off completely from the events of the first season:
“Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”
Vaughn will take on the role of “Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.” Farrell is set to play “Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.”
The two actors will be directed by the now-confirmed Fast & Furious helmer, Justin Lin, for the first two episodes. Lin’s involvement had been long since rumoured, along with a handful of notable actresses. Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams names’ have been connected to apparent female leads – so expect more official statements regarding their roles soon.
True Detective season two will start shooting in California this fall.