There was a time when casting Matthew McConaughey in a gritty, neo-noir detective series would have been unthinkable. But, by the time HBO's True Detective came round, we had seen enough to persuade us the former rom-com star could tackle some more serious roles.
However, I'm not sure if the same will be said for this latest casting rumor. TVLine are reporting that Vince Vaughn - a veteran of broad comedy flicks - is in the running to play a role in [True Detective](series:755331) Season 2.
Now, although we might know Vaughn from films such as Dodgeball, Wedding Crashers, Old School and The Break Up - films in which, let's face it, he basically plays the same character each time - he's not a complete stranger to more dramatic flair. Back in 2007 he appeared as Wayne Westerberg in Into The Wild, although admittedly he still played a slightly Vince Vaughn-esque character, while earlier in his career he had roles in The Cell and even the 1998 remake of Psycho.
He's also been lining up more dramatic roles in the coming years. He just finished filming beside Hailee Steinfeld in new crime drama [Term Life](movie:1124995), while he has also been associated with upcoming thriller, The Risk Agent, road adventure [Triple Time](movie:714334) and action-adventure movie, [Gunslingers](movie:469792).
Personally, I think this really could be an opportunity for Vaughn to stretch his acting muscles. It's not really his fault, or a comment on his ability, that he is consistently typecast into the same roles - that is simply his bread and butter. Despite this, I've always suspected there could be something deeper under the surface. In fact, if the annals of cinema has taught us anything, it's that comedic actors can often deliver some of the most impressive tragic and dramatic performances.
To be honest, True Detective Season 2 seems to making quite a few controversial, or should we say 'left-field', casting choices. Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks for a role, as is Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund. According to IndieWire, Vaughn is rumored to be up for one of the four main roles that will be present in the standalone second season of True Detective.