The secretive threads of "True Detective" season two are starting to tie together.
After learning that Vince Vaughn is in the mix to play a lead role on the second season of HBO's critically acclaimed detective thriller, today brings word of another high-profile actor circling the project: Elisabeth Moss, best known for playing advertising wizard Peggy Olsen on AMC's "Mad Men," as well as New Zealand cop Robin Griffin in the miniseries "Top of the Lake."
And that's not all. The Wrap not only states that Vaughn and Moss are vying for roles on "True Detective," but takes things one step further with some brand new plot details.
Read no further if you want to steer clear of story details; if true, the following information reveals a ton about what HBO has in mind for the upcoming season.
According to the report, the cops of "True Detective" season two will investigate the brutal death of Ben Caspar, the 52-year-old manager of a fictional California city, who is found abandoned on the Pacific Coast Highway with satanic symbols carved into his chest. Caspar apparently "had a penchant for rough sex and may have been involved in the occult."
Three cops from three different California cities will find themselves drawn into the murder investigation, including Ani Bezzerides (the role earmarked for Moss), "a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol"; Ray Velcoro (the Colin Farrell role), a man "damaged by years of turmoil in both his personal and professional lives"; and Paul Woodrugh (the Taylor Kitsch role), a young military veteran "who has seen his own share of violence and destruction."
As for the Vaughn role, it appears that series creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the season's antagonist with the "Wedding Crashers" actor in mind. If cast, Vaughn would play "a former thug-turned-businessman" named Frank Semyon, who is working with politicians in California "to spearhead the contraction of a high-speed railway system that links Southern California to Northern California in order to reap financial gains from federal grants and land purchases."
Michelle Forbes of "The Killing" and "Battlestar Galactica" is rumored to play the Vaughn character's wife, though it's also suggested that she could be playing Farrell's ex-wife, a victim of sexual violence.
Got all that? No? Don't worry, it's a lot to chew on. And keep in mind that virtually everything we've heard about "True Detective" season two has thus far been shot down by Pizzolatto and others in the know — so until HBO makes some official announcements, take everything you hear with a grain of salt.
That being said, The Wrap's description of the plot certainly falls in line with Pizzolatto's early claims that season two would follow the secret occult history of the American transportation system. Stay tuned.
"True Detective" returns in 2015.