A few weeks ago, we reported that True Detective had begun casting by bringing on Colin Farrell in one of the four lead roles, and was eyeing Taylor Kitsch for another. However, rumored plot details indicated that there are only three lead roles: Farrell’s character who suffers from cocaine addiction and anger management issues; a female sheriff who’s an alcoholic and addicted to gambling; and a young highway patrolman who was suspended for sexually exploiting a woman he pulled over.
In an attempt to reconcile these two stories, it could be that there’s a fourth character, but we don’t know have any details on him. However, we do know that Vince Vaughn is in early talks to join True Detective Season 2. [Update: Click here for new details including season 2 character breakdowns.] Hit the jump for more.
According to TV Line, Vaughn “is in preliminary talks to play one of the three leads,” although the story continues by noting that Pizzolatto says there will be “four central roles”.
Clearly, we’re still largely in the dark when it comes to the highly-anticipated second season. There could be three leads and four central roles in the sense that in season one Maggie is a central role, but not a lead character.
Either way, Vaughn’s involvement in True Detective is an encouraging sign for his career because it means he probably won’t be playing his standard “Wise Guy Who’s not as Smart as He Thinks” character. Additionally, he’s starring in the crime drama Term Life, which has the actor playing a criminal who takes out a life insurance policy on himself in order to provide for his daughter, but must stay alive long enough for the policy to take effect.
If Vaughn is looking to take his career in a fresh direction a la Matthew McConaughey, this could be a smart way to do it.