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The ‘Disconcerting Psychology’ of True Detective 2, Plus New Character Posters

HBO has just released new character posters for the four stars of TRUE DETECTIVE, season 2. Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch look intense despite the fact that each image is cropped just below the eyes. There’s an ominous tagline, “We get the world we deserve,” and with these designs Slashfilm wonders “if any of these characters can see that new world coming.” true-detective-colintrue-detective-vincetrue-detective-racheltrue-detective-taylorCreator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto says there is no connection between the events in season one, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the plot of season two. “There’s no relationship between the stories or characters, which was the result of fully committing to something new, but I do think that the seasons have a deep, close bond in sensibility and vision, a similar soul, though this is a more complex world and field of characters,” he tells Medium.

Also, season 2 features no occult element or baroque Southern creepiness: “The gothic horror suggested by Louisiana’s coastal landscape didn’t feel appropriate in this place. These new landscapes have their own unique voice and their own unsettling qualities. While there’s nothing occult in this season, I think there’s a disconcerting psychology to this world, and its characters have other kinds of uncanny reality with which to contend,” says Pizzolatto.

Season 2 sounds like it has its own identity: “We were conscious of not wanting to repeat ourselves … And there was the conviction that if we were to do something entirely new, then we shouldn’t lean on past conceits, but really build from scratch,” he concludes.

Here’s the first teaser in case you missed it:

The lyrics to the teaser’s haunting original song (performed by Lera Lynn) certainly point to a disconcerting psychology: “change will come to those who have no fear,” “were we like a battlefield locked inside a holy war,” “were we like a pair of thieves, tumbled locks and broken codes, you cannot take that from me,” “your love is my due diligence, the only thing worth fighting for.”

WE GET THE WORLD WE DESERVE — McAdams, Vaughn, Farrell look great in new teaser for True Detective 2

The teaser for TRUE DETECTIVE, Season Two sizzles. The promo features a smoky new song performed by Lera Lynn, with music by T. Bone Burnett, lyrics by Roseanne Cash.  The song begins with “Change will come to those who have no fear,” mentions being “locked inside a holy war,”  then repeats that love is “the only thing worth fighting for.”

Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn star.

The official plot synopsis, via Den of Geek:

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.

Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote all the episodes last season, will be writing all the episodes this season. Cary Fukunaga, who helmed Sin Nombre and the 2011 film Jane Eyre  and who directed all the episodes in the first season, will be an executive producer. The second season will have multiple directors. Justin Lin, who directed the Fast and Furious movies, directed the first two episodes of the eight-episode season.

-2Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn is playing former “thug turned businessman” 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.” Vaughn’s character “is working with corrupt politicians to push through “a high-speed railway system” that would run along the coast of California bringing business in its wake. Semyon tries to go legit but the murder of an associate derails that plan. He’s got politicians in his pockets and more than misdemeanors on his mind. Deadline reported that Pizzolatto wrote Vince Vaughn’s part with the actor in mind. In an interview with Playboy, Vaughn said he got the part while discussing a Rockford Files project with Pizzollato.

-3Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams, who broke through as Regina George in the high school comedy Mean Girls in 2004, will play the main female lead, Sheriff Ani Bezzirades, “a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.”

-1Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch plays 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.”

true-detective-skip-cropColin Farrell

 Colin Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a California Highway Patrol officer whose official description reads: “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” Farrell’s character deals with “cocaine and anger management” and was “suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over.”

The poster promises mystery and chills, just like Season One, and features an excellent piece of copy: “WE GET THE WORLD WE DESERVE.”f37ea163564fa1bdf483f54c229bc21b8871bfa3