E Online - From Wedding Crashers to True Detective? Vince Vaughn is in talks to join the HBO drama for season two as one of the lead characters, E! News has confirmed.
According to our source, Vaughn is in preliminary discussions to play one of four lead roles. No deal has been signed. Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch, who emerged as possible frontrunners, are also still in talks, according to insiders.
TVLine first reported the news of Vaughn's involvement with True Detective.
Casting rumors for True Detective season two have run rampant with names such as Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt reportedly attached to the project. HBO president Michael Lombardo told reporters at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour that casting announcements could come any day.
"The two scripts we have are, I hate to jinx it, but are more exciting than the first season," Lombardo said. "[Creator Nic Pizzolatto has] blown us away with the first two episodes."
Another story I read said that he may be up to play the villain character instead of one of the lead detectives, but regardless, it looks like our favorite Speaker City owner is due to play a major role in the upcoming season of True Detective.
My initial thought, which I'm sure is shared by many, is that this sucks. I'm not a Vince Vaughn hater or anything, but to imagine him being the choice to follow the gloriousness that was Matty and Woody is pretty disappointing. Just can't see Fred Clause being able to fill out a role with as much depth as a Rust Cohle. But then, I started to give it a bit of a chance (if for no other reason than I don't want to hate this season before it even starts)...
I started thinking about how we used to view our old pal, McConaughey. It wasn't very long ago that America's favorite star was the asshole who would take his shirt off in every shitty chick flick ever made, or just straight refuse the option to even wear one in Surfer Dude. True Detective was an integral part in shifting the public's view of him from douchey chick flick guy to top 5 on every dude's list of people they'd want to get a drink with. Granted, he was already on the up and up before True Detective, with great flicks like Killer Joe, Mud, and obviously Dallas Buyer's Club, but Rust Cohle was the role that really sealed the deal for him, at least in my opinion.
Now, I'm not saying that Vince Vaughn is necessarily in a similar boat, as the two are very different types of actors, I'm simply pointing out that there has been an example of an actor who was previously not taken very seriously using his role in True Detective to change his public perception. If Vince's character has even close to as much juice as a Rust Cohle, and the show has some great directing akin to Cary Joji Fukijama*, then it's not impossible to imagine the guy rising to the occasion and making it the role of his career.... Okay, it's very difficult, but it's not impossible.
We'll ignore the Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch talk for now. I will say this, though: In Bruges is a great movie and Colin does a solid job so I'm not totally against that. But this Kitsch guy better be a straight ace in the hole, cus throwing Friday Night Lights in my face** is not gonna give me the supreme confidence that he's gonna wow the masses. All in on Chastain, though. Great actor and sneaky sexy as hell. Top notch boobs.
* Cary Joji is such an aggressive name, but dude can direct. If you've seen True Detective (which if you haven't, then jump off a bridge before you watch it) and want more, throw on "Sin Nombre". I think it was his feature debut and it is phenomenal.
** Is there any better way to describe people who watch Friday Night Lights talking about Friday Night Lights than by saying they throw it in your face? Seriously, I never got in to the show, but all of my friends who watch it are so aggressive about how it's the greatest show of all time. Hey boners, not it's not. Okay? It's not. I've never seen it, but there's no way you can convince me that a drama about high school football in bumblefuck America is better than shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, or True Detective. It's Glee without the singing, assholes.