16:36 24 September 2014
HBO has confirmed that Vince Vaughn and Collin Farrell will be joining the acclaimed crime series True Detective replacing Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson who starred in the first season.
Casting the new series had become a hot topic on social media with fans putting their own casting choices in the past couple of weeks while some names kept appearing from 'official' sources with Farrell among them. A relative surprise to the casting process was comedy star Vaughn who is being lined up to play the villain counterpart to Farrell's anti-hero detective.
According to official statement from HBO, Farrell will play Ray Velcoro 'a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.”
While Vaughn will portray Frank Semyon, 'a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business.'
Two detectives still need to be cast to complete the line up, one of which is a woman. There have been rumours that Friday Night Lights heartthrob Taylor Kitsch will be the other male cop. As for the female lead, eight actresses have auditioned for the role of Ani Bezzerides - Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel, Malin Akerman, Abigail Spencer, Oona Chaplin, Jaimie Alexander and Brit Marling.