Just yesterday came the unsettling news that Vince Vaughn was looking to join True Detective Season 2, and today courtesy of The Wrap, we have lots of character info to share with you, plus further plot details and also news that Elisabeth Moss is looking to join the cast.
Regarding the second seasons plot, which many have likened to Roman Polanski’s classic thriller Chinatown, it appears that the US transport system does come in to play with the new seasons plot.
The True Detective Season 2 plot will center on the suspicious death of corrupt California city manager Ben Caspar. The 52-year-old’s body is found on a desolate stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur, with satanic symbols etched into the chest.The potentially groundbreaking transportation deal would forever change freeway gridlock in the state. Three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding out who did it. They soon discover their investigation has much broader and darker implications than they initially thought. As the detectives dig deeper, they learn that Caspar was into kinky sex and possibly the occult.
So the story remains the same outline as has been rumoured for some time now, but what then of the cast? There will be four leads, three detectives and a villain. Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Elisabeth Moss are closing deals to be the detectives, while Vince Vaughn is looking to play the antagonist, although (hopefully) not the main one.
Farrell is closing a deal to play detective Ray Velcoro, a man who has been damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional life.
Kitsch is looking to play the role of military vet Paul Woodrugh, a man who has seen his own share of violence and destruction.
Moss, who recently played a small-town cop in the similarly themed, “Top of the Lake,” is being eyed to play Ani Bezzerides, a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.
So all the detectives come with their own dark pasts, but there’s more…
Michelle Forbes has also now been added to the list of potential candidates, and is expected to be playing either Farrell’s ex-wife, or Vaughn’s wife.
Vaughn, whose bombshell casting rumour came about this week, is looking likely to be playing one of the main antagonists for the series, and The Wrap reports that writer Nic Pizzolatto wrote the character with Vaughn in mind. Vaughn is in talks to play Frank Semyon, a former thug-turned-businessman who’s working with a local mayor and his political cohorts to spearhead the construction of a high-speed railway system that links Southern California to Northern California in order to reap financial gains from federal grants and land purchases.
As casting falls into place, the show is still on the hunt for directors, and while the first season was solely directed (superbly) by Cary Fukunaga, the second season is looking for multiple directors.
Expect much more on this as it develops.