We’ve been digging for every piece of True Detective Season 2 news we can find, and now we finally have some official news. In addition to yesterday’s confirmation that Colin Farrell would play one of the leads, HBO has announced that he’ll co-star with Vince Vaughn. The description of Farrell’s character has been true since it was first reported: “Ray Velcoro, who has been damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional lives.” The official description, in addition to confirming the character’s name, adds that he’s “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owes him.”
As for Vaughn, we previously reported that his character was “Frank Semyon, 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,” so again, The Wrap was right. HBO adds that Frank is “a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.” Hit the jump for more including the official logline.
HBO’s official logline is what we’ve expected for some time now: “Production begins this fall for the story that follows three police officers and a career criminal who will navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” If Farrell is one of the cops and Vaughn is the career criminal, that still leaves two major roles to announce, so hopefully we’ll hear about those soon.
Additionally, the press release confirms that Fast Five director Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes. That final bit of news will probably give fans some pause, but let’s look on the positive side:
- Farrell and Vaughn are two actors who could use a project to put their careers on the upswing.
- Justin Lin is certainly no Cary Fukunaga, but that doesn’t mean he’s the wrong man for the job. We don’t even know what the job is yet.
What makes me most interested in these pieces of information regarding the character descriptions and logline is that season two sounds like a 1940s L.A. noir. I’m not saying that’s when the show is set, but story-wise, it’s very much in that genre. I love that genre.