Eight episodes. That’s all it took to entrench HBO’s True Detective amidst the pantheon of amazing shows that now just seem to be spilling from paid television. My own thoughts as the season concluded were a mix of awe and worry. Awe in light of the story and performances I’d witnessed, and worry over what might happen should the network attempt a follow up.
We all know that once something makes money, Hollywood is required to replicate and serialize it, squeezing out every viable penny until all that remains is a dried out husk and a crappy tin lunchbox (seriously though, I want a True Detective lunchbox). But doesn’t that happen less on networks like HBO? It does seem true that products put forth on similar channels – while still in business to make money – hold artistic license to a higher standard. So what about season 2?
The show’s continuation has not been a secret, but who might be cast and what story they’d tell has, until now. HBO revealed this week two of the four lead actors to appear in show-creator Nic Pizzolatto’s retooling of the crime drama. Now cast-mates Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn are officially set to fill the enormous shoes left by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Per the network, Farrell’s character is, “Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” With Vaughn playing, “career criminal, Frank Semyon, who’s in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”
That’s right, I’m Cohle-d as ice.
Of the two yet-to-be-cast leads we know one is a female cop that could be portrayed by Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Abigail Spencer, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander or Brit Marling as all eight had casting appointments with Pizzolatto this week. Rachel McAdams and Keira Knightley continue to be popular fodder for net-rumors though neither have met with HBO as far as we know.
Another new face – that falls directly in my worry column – is the arrival of Fast & Furious director, Justin Lin. Not that I doubt Lin’s ability, but Cary Fukunaga award-winningly crouched behind the camera for all eight season one installments, quite possibly leaving the largest set of kicks to fill.
Why doesn’t everyone know my name?
As for the actors, Colin and Vince are capable, but to prevent True Detective’s de-evolution they’ll have to be exceptional. It’s no secret that I f#*$ing loved True Detective, making me an instant fan of anything Matt or Woody sign on for, so I’ll be there for season 2 hoping for a glorious return. In HBO I trust. Until they screw it up.
Tell me your thoughts internet! If you’re a fan of season one, do this week’s castings spark your interest, or your wrath?