Amid the swirl of reports and rumors about well-known actors attached to Season 2 of “True Detective,” some more information has come out about what those famous people might be doing on screen.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto has previously said a second season will be partly about “the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system.” Based on a casting breakdown The Wrap got its hands on, the new season involves both the occult and transportation, and they may indeed be connected.
The show would center on three cops investigating the murder of Ben Caspar, a corrupt city manager in California whose body is found with satanic symbols carved into it. The season’s primary antagonist — the role Vince Vaughn is reportedly in talks to play — is a well-connected businessman who’s pushing for a high-speed rail line that would link Northern and Southern California, and make him a hefty profit.
Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss would play the three detectives investigating the crime, all of whom have rather bleak back stories. The Wrap also reports Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”) is up for one of two key roles — the wife of Vaughn’s character or the ex of Farrell’s.
Whether Season 2 will follow the same time-spanning format as Season 1 is unclear. As with all things “True Detective,” HBO has declined comment.