TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2: Vince Vaughn in Early Talks to Join the Investigation

     August 4, 2014


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.

vince-vaughn-true-detective-season-2According 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.

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  • GunzOfNavarone

    Oh christ… I see they’re taking a dip in acting caliber.

    • dude

      On the contrary. This could be really exciting and has the *potential* to blow us all away. Think of every left-field casting that has worked, it’s either blown everybody away or fallen on its ass. I think this is leaning more on the former.

      • GunzOfNavarone

        I hope you’re right, because when I think of the films Vaughn and Kitsch have been in, I’ve hate more or less every last one. It could be that they play irritating characters, but I just can’t place them in True Detective. Woody Harrelson and Matthew Mcconaughey have left one hell of a bar to reach.

      • brNdon

        If you look at Vaugns movies before Old School, he is a really good dramatic actor. He just got comfortable cashing easy checks is all.

      • Matty

        Kitsch’s work on television has been pretty great – in Friday Night Lights and The Normal Heart. Relatively few people watched either, however.

  • Christian

    I didn’t see that coming, but great casting. Vaughn is up to the challenge.

  • bidi

    well… fingers crossed that this doesn’t turn pear shaped in a hurry

  • Thomas K.

    I’m completely psyched for this.
    I really hope they get Kitsch.

    My Top 5 Potentials for the Female Role would probably be…
    1. Evan Rachel Wood
    2. Katie Holmes
    3. Jennifer Connelly
    4. Rosario Dawson
    5. Keira Knightley

    • Thomas K.

      Also, if Kitsch doesn’t end up signing on…
      I want either
      Emile Hirsch.
      Ben Foster.

      But then again, I’m not making this. People much Smarter than Me are.

      • indy42

        Well now I want to see the entire cast of Lone Survivor in True Detective.

      • Thomas K.

        Dude, I didn’t even realize it while I was typing it.
        I’ve just always loved Hirsch and Foster.
        I really want to see them get a project like this.

    • GrimReaper07

      Katie Holmes? Really?

      • Thomas K.

        Exact reasoning behind Why I’d like to see Her do it.

      • Spanky

        Just to watch her fail?

  • 80sRobot

    So I wonder if Season 2 will also have a case that spans across the years, but this time the case won’t follow the same investigators over the years, but different investigators working the same case over the years.

    Secondly, will the Yellow King references return?

    I think it’d be cool if these are the common themes throughout the TD seasons: A case that spans across several years, and which has occult-like connections that involve themes tied to the Yellow King/Carcosa, which is reinterpreted for every season.

    • Thomas K.

      I feel like it be hard to Reference the Yellow King or Carcosa based on the outcome of S1, and the Distance from Louisiana to Cali, among other reasons.

      It be cool if they do, but only if it makes sense, and isn’t something they forced just to create a connection between the two seasons.

      • 80sRobot

        To clarify, what I mean is that there would be no direct connection with Season 1 regarding the Yellow King/Carcosa themes. Just take the theme and re-imagine it for the Season 2 case. So, for example, there would be a new person or thing that could be the “Yellow King” and a new location (or proverbial state of mind) that represents “Carcosa”. And other elements from the Chambers novel that weren’t used in Season 1 could be used in Season 2.

        So TD overall could be Pizzolatto’s way of using The Yellow King story as a kind of “biblical text” to create dramatic themes around.

        But, no, there would not be some grand secret-society conspiracy behind all the seasons.

      • Thomas K.

        Ahhhh, I see. Yeah, that would probably be whats best for the show.

  • computerbenefit

    This is so crazy that I absolutely love it.

  • October_1985

    Soooo from eying Christian Bale and Colin Farrel they have came to Vince Vaugh???? This is going to be a superpass for me, thanks!

  • Ozweego

    I love Vaughn in most of his comedic roles but there is no way he fits into the gritty serious world of True Detective. I really hope they pass or a “scheduling conflict” keeps Vince far away from this hit HBO series

    • blahblahblah

      How doesn’t he fit in a gritty serious world of True Detective? He already has experience ie. playing Norman Bates

      • Ozweego

        ^ Worst example ever

  • Matt goldberg

    LMAO Matt Goldberg is a narcisstic douchebag.

  • Gerry Rock

    Damn! they threw a ball that I didn’t expected… I don’t care if Vaughn gets a role, just put Colin on the show and I’m going to be ok…

  • SomeGuy

    Could it be? Vince Vaughn of the 90s/early 2000s is alive?

  • Jesus

    LMAO Matt Goldberg is a narcissistic douchebag.

  • TWC

    oh dear god no.

  • Person

    This is a joke right

    • Joker

      no, you’re the joke.

  • derek

    Vince Vaughn is a good actor. No doubt about it. I wouldn’t mind him being in it. Hopefully they can inject some dark humor in it because there seems to be some really filthy story lines going on in season 2.

    • Redjester

      Remind me again what film(s) Vaughn showed non-comedy acting chops in? And Vaughn being passable in a good dramatic indie film doesn’t count.

      • derek

        I said he was a good actor. I didn’t say he has been great in dramatic roles. But in my opinion, anything is possible. He knows how to act, he chose comedy because thats what his personality calls for.

      • Kyle

        Return to Paradise

      • Kyle

        Return to Paradise

  • Colin Christian

    He was very convincing and weary in The Cell,I think he could do it

    • Kyle

      When I read the headline I was thinking the same thing.

    • Kyle

      When I read the headline I was thinking the same thing.

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  • Polarboy

    Don’t know much about Kitsch as an actor but I think a lot of people are going to be surprised how good Farrell and Vaughn are when they have quality material to work with. If you want to see a great performance from Farrell for example check In Bruges out.

  • Polarboy

    Don’t know much about Kitsch as an actor but I think a lot of people are going to be surprised how good Farrell and Vaughn are when they have quality material to work with. If you want to see a great performance from Farrell for example check In Bruges out.

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