The first season of True Detective was like a breath of fresh air. Woody Harrelson was exceptional, but Matthew McConaughey sold the show; for me it was the first time seeing McConaughey play a role with such tremendous talent – the last movie I saw that starred Matthew was Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and it was a horrible romance flick.
Nick Pizzollato’s season 2 is set to première on the 21st of June, and the trailer promises a dark cop show that spirals into the satanic detective genre. Only one other comparison comes into mind when I think of True Detective – Johnny Depp’s The Ninth Gate. It is something about this genre that just stalks your dreams.
If you thought that last season was filled with satanic elements – occult texts that made viewers scour the internet for their meaning – gripping your curiosity, and scaring your panties off, then wait until you hear who is going to be one of season 2’s directors. None other than William Friedkin, the man responsible for 1973’s The Exorcist – you could say that Friedkin and the Devil have a history together.
Besides having a trailer for the show, and a release date, we also have a plot synopsis:
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.
Like last season, we expect to see how certain individuals in a privileged society stoop down to their lowest animal needs and construct a new meaning to the word psychopath. In its first season we saw Rust Cohle, and Marty Hart fight through the Devil’s traps in Louisiana, only to find out that man is capable of much worse than a demon from hell.
Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch will play the cops this time – and boy, I can’t wait to see Colin Farrell in action; if you haven’t watched In Bruges by now, stop everything you’re doing, and enjoy that gem. Vine Vaughn will play the villain this time around, and my curiosity is tingling. I’m not a fan of his movies, I’m not even a fan of his comedic output, but I am confident in the casting department, and probably Vince Vaughn will shock me exactly like Matthew McConaughey did last season – probably.
- Collin Farrell will play Ray Velcoro a California Highway Patrol officer, and his official descriptions reads ” a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” Also his a cocaine addict, and has problems in the anger management department. He was “[…] suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over.”.
- Vince Vaughn will play 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 partner.” The thug turned businessman tries to turn legit, but it seems like Fate has other plans for him. Pizzollato has stated that he wrote the part with Vince Vaughn in mind
- Rachel McAdams, whom I just adore for her roles in The Time Traveller’s Wife, Sherlock Holmes, and Midnight In Paris, will play the main female lead as Sheriff Ani Bezzirades ” a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.”.
- Taylor Kitsch is in charge of portraying Paul Woodrugh ” a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.”. Last time I saw Taylor Kitsch in a movie a sudden urge took a grip of me and I went home to brush me eyes out with acid.
The main story will revolve around the mystery of how Ben Caspar, a 52 year old man, was found dead with occult markings on his chest:
The second season of True Detective will follow the death of Ben Caspar, the corrupt city manager of a fictional California city who’s found brutally murdered amid a potentially groundbreaking transportation deal that would forever change freeway gridlock in the state. Three law enforcement officers from different cities and branches of the government are tasked with finding out who did it. They soon discover their investigation has much broader and darker implications than they initially thought. Caspar’s 52-year-old corpse is found on a lonely stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur—satanic symbols etched on his chest. It turns out he had a penchant for rough sex and may have been involved in the occult.
I am more than excited after reading the plot synopsis, and I am eager for June to knock on my door.
How about you? Will you be tuning in on the 21st of June for the show?
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