How do you go about replacing Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in one of the finest shows in years? With great difficulty. Since the second season of True Detective was announced, just who will play the new central investigators has been a big question mark hanging over the show. While that question remains unanswered, we now have a good idea who the antagonist of the piece will be.
Villainous henchmen will be learning to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge, because Vince Vaughn is now being very strongly linked to the big baddie role by pretty much every source going.
People will say look at what McConaughey’s achieved in the last few years. If his casting in True Detective was announced directly after Sahara, folks would have had a fit. “There’s no reason Vince Vaughn can’t do something similar” they will say, but I really don’t think he’s capable of it. I know he’s done other stuff apart from his usually awful comedy shtick - I have seen him in The Cell and his futile Psycho reboot and he is no Thespian. Strictly speaking, he sucks as an actor. Terrible casting decision if it turns out to be true.
What worries me most is that part of the brilliance of the first season for me was being there with the detectives… detecting. Watching them trying to find the killer, but having as little idea as they did about where this was going. If we go into Season 2 knowing who the villain is already it feels like it will go against the show.
Casting isn’t too far from being confirmed, with Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch the two strongest linked for the two males roles, with a female lead expected as well. Whoever the detectives ends up being, they’ll be hoping that even though Vaughn can dodge a wrench, he can’t dodge the unrelenting course of the American justice system. I’ll stop with the Dodgeball gags now though…