The first season of HBO’s hit series True Detective, which screened earlier this year, brought critical acclaim for its stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Being an anthology series, each season takes place in a different location, with a different plot and characters.
After months of speculation, we finally have an official announcement regarding the cast of the second season of True Detective. Current word is that Season 2 will have four lead roles; three men and one woman. Deadline is reporting that two of those roles have now been cast, as it has been announced that Colin Farrell (In Bruges) and Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) will be appearing in the new season. It has also been announced that Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 3-6) will direct the first two episodes of the eight-episode season.
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’. Farrell and Vaughn are both underrated actors who have gained a lot of industry and audience respect over the years, and the show could give them their best roles yet.
It is believed that Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor) is the favourite it take on the role of a younger police officer named Paul Woodrugh. The fourth lead, a female police officer who works with Velcoro and Woodrugh, has not been cast yet. Actresses rumoured to be reading for the part include Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander (Thor) and Brit Marling (Another Earth). Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) and Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice) are also possible candidates. That’s a pretty impressive list, and each of those actresses would bring something special to the show.
Filming on Season 2 of True Detective will take place later this year in California and will screen in 2015.