True Detective: Season 2 Is Moving West and Will Feature More Than Two Leads

By Tim Surette

May 27, 2014

HBO's True Detective hasn't even been officially renewed for a second season (but surely that's just a formality), but casting rumors have been circulating ever since Marty and Rust walked off screen after conversing about stars, darkness, and hope. First it was the scuttlebutt about female leads, then Jessica Chastain was reportedly offered a lead role and the internet pegged her as the Season 2 star (which was apparently news to her), and even Brad Pitt has been mentioned as a potential successor to Matthew McConaughey's bootprints. 

But now we can return to the comfort of knowing nothing, because the show hasn't yet started its Season 2 casting, according to True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. While speaking on the radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge on Sunday, Pizzolatto dropped a few details on Season 2 (at the very end of the extended interview), which sounds like it will be quite different from Season 1. 

The biggest change? There will be three lead characters instead of the two that dominated Season 1. "Right now, we're working with three leads," Pizzolatto said. And neither of them will be Rustin Cohle or Marty Hart. "The characters are all new, but I am deeply in love with all of them." 

Season 2 is also leaving the swamps of Louisiana for the varied terrain of California. "It takes place in California. Not in Los Angeles, but some of the lesser-known venues of California and we're going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambience of the place, much like we did with Season 1." So yes, Season 2 will still be a crazy mind trip, just like Season 1 was.

Pizzolatto also said he has the whole second season mapped out, a couple scripts written, and that casting will begin "in earnest" in about a month. 

The dusty expanse of nothingness that is the Central Valley? The rocky, foggy coast near Big Sur? The gorgeous landscape of Lake Tahoe? A murder in Toontown at Disneyland? California is kind of big, so that's a lot of psychosphere possibilities. I'm in. 

HBO has yet to formally announce a second season of True Detective. Who are your (three!) ideal leads, and where do you want it to be set? 

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  • dref22 Jun 01, 2014


  • mizzkma Jun 01, 2014

    Liv Tyler, Colin Morgan, and Brad Pitt

  • zinodvd May 29, 2014

    Brad Pitt, Jim Caviezel & Sarah Shahi

  • alyxkay May 29, 2014

    I think the answer is pretty clear.

  • brendonis May 28, 2014

    Johnny Drama (entourage.. he needs work haha), McNulty (the wire) and Jessica Alba (any excuse). Looking to big blockbuster celebs for season 2 could seem desperate. If the script is anything like the first it'll be awesome

  • TrevPlatt May 28, 2014

    Sean Hayes, Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler.
    If the people behind True Detective can't get a good performance out of them then no one can!

    Seriously though...
    *Bradley Whitford, Maggie Q and Lily Rabe... or
    *Kate Mara (I love her, she's freaking insane), Michael K. Williams and Keith Carradine.

    Would anyone else like to see how Matthew Perry would do in one of those roles?

  • sleepy-sonic May 28, 2014

    More suggestions: Morgan Freeman, Tim Roth, Eva Green, Elisha Cuthbert, Matt Smith (that would be interesting to see), Kate Winslet, Taraji Henson, Idris Elba, Sean Bean, Gillian Jacobs.

  • _Toni_ May 28, 2014

    Walton Goggins, Denzel Washington, Connie Britton, Viola Davis, Naomi Watts, Chris Evans (His work in Puncture is so underrated) Matt Damon, Angela Bassett, Tom Hanks, Michelle Pfeiffer (I would love to see her make a real dramatic comeback) There are just too many.

  • woz22 May 28, 2014

    Not sure with California as the best location The Mentalist use it and it just full of rich snobs and graduates not the macabre people of Louisiana , I hope Brad Pitt does it and like Stephanos Stav choices although please no Kate Winslet !

  • seanthedawn May 28, 2014

    You don't know what your talking about. The California desert is full of "macbre" people. Cali has a vast and diverse landscape of people, places, and ideas. Great choice for season 2

  • woz22 May 28, 2014

    Well in the Mentalaist California is full of rich socialiates killing each off left right and centre but if this show does prove is that it is different so you never know ?

  • jjafargi May 28, 2014

    While all the love for John Noble and Anna Torv is certainly well-deserved, Joshua Jackson was equally superb on Fringe, and I think he would be great as the younger detective!

  • TrevPlatt May 28, 2014

    Jackson is great, but I think Torv, Noble and Lance Reddick would make a fantastic trio.

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