There are no formal negotiations yet, but I hear that Vince Vaughn is looking very good to join the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s drama True Detective. While Vaughn had been rumored for the HBO series for a while, I hear he only recently had been approached. Things are progressing quickly, and everyone is hopeful that a deal can be made. I hear Pizzolatto wrote the character with Vaughn in mind, his second time writing for the Wedding Crashers star. Last fall, Pizzolatto was wrapping True Detective true-detective— then envisioned as a limited series — when he was tapped by Universal and Vaughn and Victoria Vaughn’s studio-based Wild West Picture Show banner to write a script for a feature reboot of The Rockford Files with Vince Vaughn to star as the iconic private eye. Soon thereafter, True Detective launched, hitting the zeitgeist and spawning a franchise. Pizzolatto got busy with the show, and Rockford Files moved on with another writer, but Pizzolatto and Vaughn had developed a relationship, and I hear that led to the writer penning a role on the second season of HBO drama with the actor in mind.

As for what Vaughn’s character is about, HBO and Pizzolatto had been keeping mum on details about Season 2, which will be set in California. It is believed that, like Season 1, the second cycle also will kick off with a murder, and it might involve corruption in the California transportation system, possibly linked to a proposed high-speed train. The series is expected to have four leads, three of them said to be cops/detectives/government workers — two male, for which Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch have been in talks, and one female. The fourth, which Vaughn is eyed for, is said to be a villain, possibly with mob ties. While he is best known for his comedic turns, Vaughn has appeared in a number of feature dramas, including The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Psycho and The Cell.

Pizzolatto is still working on scripts, but the completed ones are great, HBO head of programming Michael Lombardo said at TCA last month. “The two scripts we have are, I hate to jinx it, but are more exciting than the first season,” he said. “Nic has blown us away with the first two episodes.”