With Mad Men nearing the end, fans of the AMC favorite are wondering what’s next for its acclaimed ensemble cast. For Elisabeth Moss, HBO may already have an answer.
According to Vulture, Moss is considering a top-billed role in season two of True Detective. If negotiations ensue, her casting would negate show creator Nic Pizzolatto’s earlier claims that the new season would have no female lead. Moss would join Vince Vaughn, also in talks; and Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch, who are finalizing deals to star in the anthology series.
Thanks to plot breakdowns from The Wrap, we know that Moss would play Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol.” She would team with Farrell and Kitsch’s characters to investigate the murder of Ben Caspar, a corrupt city manager in northern California whose ties to the occult and a “groundbreaking transportation deal” lead to his demise. Vaughn would star as Frank Semyon, “a former thug-turned-businessman” whose involvement in the Pacific Coast Highway is fueled by “financial gains from federal grants and land purchases.”
The quartet would comprise four leads for the Pizzolatto-penned series, in contrast to two from season one (starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. This reboot will also feature more than one director; every episode from season one was helmed by Cary Fukunaga.
Season two of True Detective is expected to return to HBO in early 2015.