The ball has landed on what felt like a roulette wheel of possible names for the second season of HBO's immensely popular series True Detective. After many rumors and much speculation, HBO has announced that season two will star Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell.
Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, "a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him."
Vaughn will play "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."
HBO is officially describing the plotline as "three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder." Show creator Nic Pizzolatto has said in the past that the second season would be set in California and feature "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system."
So – two leads down, one to go? Pizzolatto has said that there are three leads this time around, and that one of them is female. Names that have been rumored for that coveted role include Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Abigail Spencer, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander and Brit Marling. According to Deadline, those eight actresses were invited to read for Pizzolatto last Thursday.
The announced cast is surely polarizing, judging by the internet reaction. 'Vaughn and Farrell' doesn't engender the same level of excitement as 'McConaughey and Harrelson' for most – but it'll be interesting to see what an actor like Vaughn can do with a role like this. If you're skeptical about the casting decision, it would be smart to remember that some things only make sense once you see it on the screen.
Vince Vaughn? Seriously? What's next, giving the dad from Malcolm in the Middle his own drama?, says one redditor in a thread about the announcement.
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