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Rumors have been running rampant for weeks now concerning the casting of the second season of True Detective, the smash hit HBO series that premiered earlier this year. The first season saw Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the lead roles of Detective Rustin Spencer “Rust” Cohle and Detective Martin Eric “Marty” Hart. It’s a hard act to follow, but it appears that HBO has found two of the four leads in the series, in none other than Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news of the official casting. According to THR, the casting of the two is as follows:
Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.
Vaughn is set 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.
The duo seem to be perfectly fit into these descriptions, and in fact a bit inspired, especially in the case of Vaughn. Many forget that before Vaughn was known primarily for his comedies, he also turned out so rather dramatic performances as well, including being the major bright spot as Norman Bates, in the rather unnecessary remake Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho. It’s always great seeing actors moving out of their comfort zones into different territory, and if the writing is nearly as great as it was last season, both Vaughn and Farrell are going to get some of the best recognition of their careers for their roles here. Justin Lin is set to direct the first two episodes of the season, which is again written by Nic Pizzolatto.
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