Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell rumored for "True Detective" roles

At left, actor Colin Farrell attends the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Art Auction Benefit on Feb. 27, 2014, in Los Angeles. At right, Vince Vaughn moderates during the Wild West Comedy Festival on May 18, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Frazer Harrison/Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The mystery of who will be joining the cast of "True Detective" is getting closer to being solved.

The Hollywood press has been working in overdrive lately to find out which stars will be signing on to the hit HBO anthology series, with a few new leads popping up on the case.

Vince Vaughn has entered initial talks to portray the central antagonist for season 2, according to TV Line.

The Wrap, meanwhile, reported Monday that Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and "Mad Men" actress Elisabeth Moss will be playing the main protagonists. They will form a trio of law enforcement officials assigned to investigate a murder that could have implications for the entire state of California.

Farrell's character has been described as a hard-nosed veteran on the force, while Kitsch will be a more inexperienced protege-type. Moss is expected to play a troubled sheriff struggling with alcohol and gambling abuse.

"Orphan Black" star Michelle Forbes is also slated to join the cast in a supporting role, possibly as the spouse of Farrell's character.

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain had initially been courted by HBO for the series, but she reportedly passed on the role.

The first season of "True Detective" is currently up for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for outstanding drama series. Season 1 stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will compete against each other in the lead actor in a drama category.

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