Since I don’t have HBO I wasn’t able to catch their latest hit original series True Detective during its eight-episode first season run that began last January. But once it hit home video I was finally able to pick up the box set and binge watch every single hour, and by the end I was convinced I had just seen the best season of a television crime series since the first episode of the CBS classic Wiseguy in 1987. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson both turned in some of the finest performances of their respective careers, aided immeasurably by the writing of creator Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Joji Fukunaga‘s atmospheric direction.
Now some possible casting and story details have surfaced, and can be read below if you’re all caught up and anxious for info on the sophomore season.
The last scene of the final episode of the first season left me with a deep pit in my soul as I knew the flawed but dedicated detectives played by McConaughey and Harrelson would not be returning for a second season, as Pizzolatto’s conception for the series would be to follow a different unfolding plot and set of characters each season.
Thanks to The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider some very interesting plot details and casting rumors regarding the second season of True Detective have emerged, and if these details turn out to be true it looks as if Pizzolatto is concocting a much more ambitious and sprawling crime saga on the scale of the novel and film adaptation of James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential.
According to a plot breakdown obtained and posted by Sneider recently:
…the second season of “True Detective” will follow the death of a corrupt city manager of a fictional California city who’s found brutally murdered amid a potentially groundbreaking transportation deal that 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.
Actors currently in talks for roles on this season of True Detective include Colin Farrell (In Bruges), Taylor Kitsch (Savages), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), and Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers). Vaughn would be possibly playing the season’s central antagonist, though that doesn’t mean he would be cast as the villain or murderer, and his character Frank Semyon is described as “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.”
According to Sneider Farrell’s potential role is said to be Ray Velcoro, described as a man “who has been damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional lives.” Moss would be playing Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol,” while Kitsch is close to signing on to play Paul Woodrugh, “a handsome, 28-year-old military veteran who has seen his own share of violence and destruction.”
Also rumored to be scoring a prominent role is Michelle Forbes, best known for playing Mitch Larsen on the hit AMC series The Killing, Maryann Forrester on HBO’s True Blood, and Ensign Ro Laren on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her part on the show is still a mystery but it’s been suggested by the Wrap that she could be playing “either Farrell’s ex-wife (a survivor of sexual assault) or Vaughn’s charming but mercurial wife.”
Pizzolatto has said in the past that the second season of True Detective would feature four lead characters, so it’s possible that whatever character Vaughn ends up playing will have a role in the events of the story equal to or even greater than that of the three actors tipped to be cast as the law enforcement professionals involved in the case. HBO is currently searching for multiple directors to call the shots on different episodes as first season director Fukunaga will not be returning and the pay cable giant does not expect another acclaimed filmmaker to commit to directing an entire season of a television series.
I’m not familiar with Moss’ work as an actress but she is a critical darling and appears to have a keen eye for picking projects, so her possible involvement with True Detective is enough to warrant my respect and interest. Likewise with both Farrell, an intriguing and gifted actor given the right material, and Kitsch, who hasn’t had a challenging dramatic role since Friday Night Lights.
Before he became a comedy movie star and pretty much lost his way, Vaughn could usually be seen given excellent performances in underrated indies like Return to Paradise and Clay Pigeons. The latter saw him playing a charismatic serial killer, so the man knows how to tap into his dark side when given the opportunity. If he gets cast in the second season of True Detective his knack for versatile duplicity should have him fitting in nicely with the rest of the players. I’m already hooked.
If you haven’t watched the first season of True Detective yet then I would highly recommend you pick it up on either Blu-ray or DVD now. Seriously, this is one of the best dramatic programs on television.
[Source: The Wrap]