Farrell, Vaughn confirmed for ‘True Detective’

By Meredith Blake
Tribune News Service

Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in the second season of “True Detective,” HBO confirmed Tuesday.

The new season, written solely by creator Nic Pizzolatto, will center on “three police officers and a career criminal (who) must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”

Farrell, who let the cat out of the bag this week in an interview with the Irish newspaper Sunday World, will play Ray Velcoro, described as “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.”

Vaughn, who was among the many names rumored to be circling the project, will star opposite Farrell as Frank Semyon, described as “a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.”

For those keeping track, this leaves at least two major roles to be cast.

Justin Lin, of “Fast & Furious” fame, is set to direct the first two episodes, a departure from last season, when all eight installments were directed by a single filmmaker, Cary Fukunaga.

Production is set to begin this fall in California.