Plot details have been revealed for True Detective season 2 along with the news that TV network HBO is considering Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss for the female lead.
Following the news earlier today that Vince Vaughn is in talks for a lead role in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto's small screen crime drama, The Wrap has revealed the storyline.
“The second season of True Detective will follow the death of Ben Caspar, the corrupt City Manager of a fictional California city who’s found brutally murdered amidst a potentially groundbreaking transportation deal that would forever change the freeway gridlock in California.
Three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding out who did it. They soon discover their investigation has much broader and darker implications than they initially thought.
Caspar’s 52-year-old corpse is found on a lonely stretch of the PCH near Big Sur - his eye burned out, genitals cut off and satanic symbols etched on his chest. It turns out he had a penchant for rough sex and may have been involved in the occult.”
The Wrap also reports Elisabeth Moss (pictured) is under consideration to play one of the three law enforcers, Ani Bezzerides. Described as "a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol" it could make up for criticism of the first season's lack of strong female characters.
If cast, The Wrap reckons Vince Vaughn would play the show's antagonist Frank Semyon. A "former thug-turned-businessman" he's connected with the local mayor and together with their cronies they're trying to push forward the construction of rail links between South and North California and skim off the cash from federal grants.
On Semyon's payroll is bent cop Ray Velcoro. Colin Farrell is in the frame to play the "barely functioning coke-head" who has suffered "years of turmoil in both his personal and professional life" and is battling his ex-wife for custody of their son.
As previously reported Taylor Kitsch is circling the role of the third law enforcer. Military veteran Paul Woodrugh has "seen his own share of violence and destruction" and is now a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer. When the series begins Woodrugh is "on leave after soliciting oral ex from a beautiful girl he pulls over for drunk driving".
True Detective season 2 will start shooting later this year.