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Colin Farrell is a True Detective

It’s been some time coming, but we have finally got our hands on the first bit of casting news for True Detective Season 2. Colin Farrell has confirmed in a recent interview that he will be taking one of the lead roles in the upcoming season, and has also kindly specified as to whom he will play, even though no one else in the cast has spoken out as yet.

“I’m doing the second series … I’m so excited,” revealed Farrell to Ireland’s Sunday World, before going on to confirm that he will be playing “Ray Velcaro”, a man “who has been damaged by years of trauma in both his personal and professional lives.”

It great to see Farrell being given a big part again, it’s just what he needs to get his career back into gear. Not saying he has faded as an actor, but his recent roles haven’t been up there with the best of his work. His work in Phonebooth, In Bruges, and Minority Report were among his best roles to date, and they also showed why he is perfect for playing on-the-edge characters with a heap of personal troubles.

He usually has vulnerability in his performances along with a kind of saddened look which makes him suited to True Detective’s dark atmospheric plot.

The plot, which has not had much said about it as yet, apart from that it will feature “hard women and bad men, while taking a deep look into the secret occult history of the United States in L.A.” Now though, we have more information on that. The plot will centre on “the vicious murder of a corrupt businessman found dead the night before he completes a deal.”

At least we know that the series will, again, centre around a murder investigation even though the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, said a couple of months ago that Season 2 will mainly focus on the United States’ transportation system; however, it may still do that.

There is going to be a much wider spectrum for Season 2 as it will have four lead characters (with a couple of female leads) instead of a two man partnership like Harrelson’s and McConaughey’s in Season 1. These characters will all cross paths at some point in the eight episode run as they are all somehow connected to an American speed rail which is supposed to connect Northern California with Southern California in order to reap financial gains from federal grants and land purchases. The high speed rail is allegedly going to be run by corrupt businessmen, which makes the investigation make sense if it were going to start off with a murder of one of the business partners.

So, Colin Farrell is confirmed and will probably be one of the cops who will investigate the case, but who else will appear?

Series creator, Nic Pizzolatto is the man to decide.

Well there had many a rumour as to who will be cast in the upcoming season because of the colossal success of the two main actors in the first season. Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Christian Bale, and Emma Stone were all rumoured for a role, but all shrugged off any negotiations. Now though, it seems that there are some stars attached to next season but we will just have to wait for confirmation from such names.

Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss is one of the most heavily linked stars with Season 2 as she is supposed to play Anna Bezzerides, a tough, no nonsense sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling.

Vince Vaughn is also supposed to feature as a series regular, as he is taking a break from his usual comedy projects to play Frank Semyon, a former thug turned businessman who is working with other clients on the high speed rail.

Next up – it’s Friday Night Lights star, Taylor Kitsch, who is reportedly going to play Paul Woodrugh, a former military veteran who is supposed to be in a bit of trouble with the law.

Nothing concrete as yet though. So take each of these casting rumours with a pinch of salt, apart from the news of Colin Farrell which is now official, and the setting of Season 2, which was also specified in the same interview with the Irish paper by Farrell “I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we’re shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids.”

It’s great that the ball is finally moving with the second season as the scripts are supposed to be better than the first according to HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo.

Shooting will hopefully start sometime in the near future as Pizzolatto has stressed that it will take a long four to five month shoot which the Fast & Furious director, Justin Lin, is rumoured to be helming for the first few episodes.

Let me know below what you think of the first official casting news of Colin Farrell, and whether you’re excited for Season 2.