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True Detective Creator Nic Pizzolatto Taps Series Alums Vince Vaughn and Michelle Monaghan to Star in His Directorial Debut Easy’s Waltz

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is set to make his feature directorial debut with the indie drama Easy’s Waltz, which will star Vince Vaughn, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Rex, and Oscar winner Al Pacino.

Pizzolatto wrote the script, which is described as a cross between Swingers and A Star is Born, as the story follows a down-on-his-luck comedian-crooner (Vaughn) as he navigates modern Las Vegas with old-school Vegas personalities.

I’m curious what the tone of this film will be, but I’m a big fan of Vaughn regardless of whether he’s in comedic or dramatic fare, and I’m excited by the idea of him returning to Vegas — and the prospect of him working with Pacino.

Margot Hand is producing Easy’s Waltz, which will serve as a reunion between Pizzolatto and both Monaghan and Vaughn, who respectively starred in the first and second seasons of HBO’s anthology crime series True Detective. Meanwhile, those two actors just worked together themselves on the upcoming Apple TV+ series Bad Monkey, which hails from Bill Lawrence, the co-creator of Ted Lasso and Shrinking.

True Detective Season 1
Michelle Monaghan in Season 1 of True Detective/HBO

A new season titled True Detective: Night Country and starring Jodie Foster will be released later this year, though Pizzolatto was not creatively involved. He most recently wrote and executive produced Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Netflix movie The Guilty.

Pacino can currently be seen in Season 2 of Hunters of Amazon Prime Video, and he recently wrapped Michael Keaton‘s hitman thriller Knox Goes Away. Rex recently earned rave reviews for his performance in Sean Baker‘s A24 film Red Rocket, and he has several promising indie projects on the horizon including Americana, Providence, and Zoë Kravitz‘s directorial debut Pussy Island.

Pizzolatto is represented by Anonymous Content and WME, which also reps Vaughn along with Range Media Partners. Range reps Rex along with Buchwald, while CAA reps Pacino and Monaghan, who is also repped by Anonymous Content. Deadline broke the news.

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