Elisabeth Moss Circling ‘True Detective’ as Major Plot Details Emerge

By August 5, 2014

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that Vince Vaughn was surprisingly in talks for a major role in the second season of HBO’s recently Emmy-nominated original series “True Detective,” some more cast members have surfaced along with major plot details.

The Wrap reports “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss is being eyed for the female lead role in the sophomore season of the HBO series, and “The Killing” star Michelle Forbes is also in the running for a key part, though apparently not one of the four lead roles.

Thankfully, we have more than just names to add to the cast as the main plot of the season has been discovered. This time the mystery will revolve around the brutal murder of Ben Caspar, a corrupt city manager in a fictional California city who is killed just when a game-changing transportation deal would fix the rampant gridlock traffic problem in the state.

Our main characters are three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government, and they’re investigating the murder that comes to have even broader and darker implications than originally thought, especially since the body is found on a lonely stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur with satanic symbols on his chest.

Elisabeth Moss - Top of the Lake

Moss, who delivered a terrific performance in another crime series “Top of the Lake,” would be playing Ani Bezzerides, which the casting breakdown at the center of this report calls “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.” Meanwhile, previously reported cast member Colin Farrell would play Ray Velcoro, a damaged man who has taken hits in both his personal and professional life, and contender Taylor Kitsch would take the younger role of Paul Woodrugh, a former military man with plenty of experience with violence and chaos.

As for Vaughn, he would actually end up being the main antagonist of this season, though that doesn’t ruin the mystery, because he’s apparently not the murderer in question.

Vince Vaughn - Wedding Crashers

The Wedding Crashers star is in talks to play Frank Semyon, a former thug-turned-businessman who’s working with a local mayor and his political cohorts to spearhead the construction of a high-speed railway system that links Southern California to Northern California in order to reap financial gains from federal grants and land purchases. Apparently this role was written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto with Vaughn in mind (the two of them worked together briefly when Pizzolatto wrote a draft of The Rockford Files remake that Vaughn is set to star in), so the generally funny actor shouldn’t feel out of place at all.

This season sounds pretty damn meaty, and with this potential cast, it’s bound to be another Emmy magnet. It certainly has a lot to live up to after the acclaimed first season with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but if directors like William Friedkin get on board behind the camera as we’ve heard, then we’re not worried at all.

Reportedly Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik might also get behind the camera this season, but since he’s busy preparing his Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde (coincidentally starring Jessica Chastain, who passed on the “True Detective” female lead), it’s not clear if he’ll be able to make it work. HBO is officially staying mum on these casting and plot revelations, but hopefully we’ll have official word on the second season soon.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • This is perfect. If you haven’t seen Top of the Lake, it’s a showcase for just how awesome Moss would be in True Detective.