Vince Vaughn is in talks to play a lead role in True Detective Season 2. The Wedding Crashers star is the latest name rumoured to be in series creator Nic Pizzolatto’s sights.
Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch have also been linked to roles in the follow-up to an Emmy Award-nominated first season that starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
TV Line reports that Swingers actor Vaughn is “in preliminary talks” with HBO over one of three lead roles but no final casting decisions have yet been made for the show, which is set to reach UK screens next year. The story goes on to say that Pizzolatto says there will be “four central roles”.
Speaking at the Television Critics Press Association tour last month, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo promised the second season of True Detective would be “more exciting” and was quoted as saying: “The people we will cast will be well-known names, but [casting stars] wasn’t our ambition… Great writing attracts great actors… Maybe people initially came for [McConaughey and Harrelson], but I think they stayed because the show was so compelling.”
A part in True Detective would represent something of a 180 for Vaughn, whose wiseguy shtick has seen him cast mainly in comedies like Anchorman and The Watch.
The actor is branching out for next film Term Life, where he plays a terminally ill criminal wanted by hitmen. But he’s desperate to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to activate and pay out to his daughter played by Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit).
The film is due in cinemas next year and will also star Vaughn’s regular on-screen sidekick Jon Favreau (Chef) and Bill Paxton (Aliens).