The long-rumored and widely discussed casting of Vince Vaughn has been confirmed by HBO today. In “True Detective” Season 2, Vaughn will be playing Frank Semyon, a “career criminal” whose business partner is murdered, putting his empire at risk.
Farrell, who admitted to being in the second season this past weekend in an interview with an Irish paper, was also confirmed by the network. He will be playing Ray Velcoro, a “compromised detective” with ties to the police department and mob underworld.
Justin Lin, the director of the last three “Fast and Furious” films, was also confirmed as the director of the first two episodes. No word was given on other cast members or directors, though we know from previous reports Lin will not be directing the entire series (and saying he’ll helm the first two episodes today pretty much confirms that).
Today’s news marks the first official word from HBO regarding the much-talked about casting, directing, and production rumors swirling around “True Detective.” With lensing slated to begin later this fall in California, the next questions become when Season 2 will premiere (a January release, in line with Season 1, is expected), and, of course, who will join Vaughn and Farrell in the cast.
The release makes a point to say there will be three police officers in the story, re-confirming what we already know but not going so far as to say the gender of those detectives. It’s expected two male cops and one woman will make up the three detectives with Taylor Kitsch being a name often reported as a potential addition. Jessica Biel, Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams are reportedly also in the running for the last cast spot.
HBO also stated more casting news will be provided “as it is confirmed,” so expect more news from the pay cable giant soon.
Logline: Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.
Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.
Vince Vaughn as 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.