Can Rumored New ‘True Detective’ Cast Fill Woody and Matt’s Shoes?

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True Detective fans have been eagerly awaiting any news of casting for the show’s highly anticipated second season for the past several months, and this week, two more actors’ names have been thrown into the mix.

According to The Wrap, funnyman Vince Vaughn is in preliminary talks to play the main antagonist in HBO’s anthropology drama series, and he’s not the only big name up for a part. Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss is also reportedly being eyed for the female lead of the upcoming season of the show.

So far, several big names, including the likes of Jessica Chastain and Christian Bale, have already been dropped in connection to the second season of True Detective. Chastain later denied any participation in the project, and it seemed viewers were back to square one with their speculation. Then, in mid-July, it was reported that Colin Farrell was deep in negotiations to take on a main role. At the same time, Taylor Kitsch was named as the leading candidate for the younger lead male character. Moss and Vaughn’s potential casting would likely be an addition to Kitsch and Farrell’s roles.

Up until this point, audiences haven’t been able to garner many details regarding the plot of the show’s second season. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto has remained tightlipped about the script, other than confirming that it’s set in the “much lesser known venues” of California and will revolve around four central characters. Now, fans are finally getting a closer look at what those roles will entail.

Per The Wrap, the second season of the hit series will follow the death of Ben Caspar, a corrupt city manager of a fictional California city who’s been murdered amid a controversial transportation deal. Three law enforcement offices from different branches of government are then put in charge of the investigation and soon find out there could be more to the murder than they first thought.

Vaughn is reportedly in talks to play the character of Frank Semyon, a “thug turned businessman” working with a local mayor to push forward a lucrative deal for the construction of a railway system linking Southern and Northern California. For the female lead, Moss would play a no-nonsense sheriff with a penchant for gambling and alcohol.

Farrell is apparently closing a deal to play Ray Valcoro, a tumultuous addict who works for Frank, while Kitsch would appear as a young, handsome military vet with a history of violence and destruction. The Killing’s Michelle Forbes is also in contention for a role, allegedly as either the ex-wife of Farrell’s character or Vaughn’s character’s current, volatile wife.

It would be an unusually dramatic role for Vaughn, who has become mostly known for his turn in comedic projects like The Internship and Wedding Crashers. Moss, on the other hand, has plenty of experience with this kind of material, having only recently played a small town detective in the miniseries Top of the Lake. The role earned her critical acclaim, an Emmy nomination, and a Golden Globe win for Best Actress in a Miniseries.

In addition to finalizing cast members, HBO is still searching for directors to take on the second season of True Detective. Unlike the first season, in which Cary Fukunag helmed every episode, the network is looking to hire multiple directors this time around to work on only two or three episodes at a time. Meanwhile, Pizzolatto is reportedly still putting the finishing touches on the script.

No official casting announcement has been made just yet, and the network, for its part, has declined to comment on the process at all. Whoever ends up taking on the four leads will have their work cut out for them, though, following in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, whose Emmy-nominated performances made True Detective one of the most talked-about shows of the year.

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