True Detective Season 2 Cast Rumors: Three Lead Characters Modeled After Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale, Jessica Chastain

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 29, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

True Detective season 2 is on its way and the new season will have three lead characters.

Since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson aren’t returning, speculation has been rampant about who will replace them. Nic Pizzolatto, the creator of the HBO series, recently confirmed to NPR that season 2 will have three leads–including at least one female.

According to Deadline, unofficial breakdowns floated around have listed the three leads as a fortysomething male detective/cop with Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale and Josh Brolin as prototypes, a twentysomething male cop and a thirtysomething female detective, with Jessica Chastain as a potential prototype.

Initial speculation included Brad Pitt and a range of other actors, while more recent speculation has focused on the actors listed above. The men haven’t commented while Chastain denied casting rumors about her.

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Jessica Chastain attends the ‘Foxcatcher’ premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Other actresses speculated for a role in the series include Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock.

Pizzolatto said that casting hasn’t started yet.

“The characters are all new, but I’m deeply in love with each of them,” he said. “We’ve got the entire series broken out with a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months.”

Pizzolatto also revealed that the next season will take place in California–“not Los Angeles but some of the much lesser-known venues of California.

He had previously told HitFix  that the new season would be about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.