True Detective was one of the most talked-about television shows in recent memory, thanks to an intricate narrative and a pair of career-defining performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. We’ve known from the beginning that the series would be an anthology, with each season featuring a new cast, new characters, and a new story, and now The Wrap seems to have uncovered some details on what Season Two might look like.
For starters, they’re backing up the previous rumors that Colin Farrell is about to close a deal to star, and that Taylor Kitsch is the first choice for the younger male lead. They’re also reporting that Elizabeth Moss is circling the role of the third law enforcement lead, and that Vince Vaughn is in talks to portray the central antagonist for Season Two.
The Wrap has also managed to acquire an outline for the season, which indicates the mystery will revolve around “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, each from different cities, will band together to investigate the case, which may have ties to the occult.
Vaughn’s role would be that of Frank Seymon, “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.”
Moss, meanwhile, would portray Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff” who has a problem with booze and gambling, while Farrell would be Ray Velcoro, a cop beaten down by a string of personal struggles. And that leaves Kitsch up for the role of military veteran Paul Woodrugh.
While the first season of True Detective was helmed entirely by Cary Fukunaga, HBO will be employing multiple directors for Season Two. No word yet on who those directors might be, although we do know that Andrew Dominik was recently approached, and is believed to have passed up the opportunity in favor of continuing work on his Marilyn Monroe biopic.
HBO has declined comment on all of the above. Season Two of True Detective will air in 2015.