‘True Detective’ Rumor: Jessica Chastain Offered Season 2 Lead Role [Updated]

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true detective season 2 jessica chastain True Detective Rumor: Jessica Chastain Offered Season 2 Lead Role [Updated]

[UPDATE: Chastain’s reps have denied that she will be on True Detective S2.]


HBO’s Southern-fried blend of neo-Noir storytelling and philosophical meditation, True Detective season one was not just the first major TV “event” of 2014; it also started what continues to be a great year for costar Matthew McConaughey – one that already includes an Oscar win (for his Dallas Buyers Club performance) and a lead role in this fall’s Christopher Nolan sci-fi tentpole, Interstellar. Interestingly, McConaughey’s Interestellar costar, Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain, could soon be headed to the True Detective world of American crime, according to a new report.

True Detective season one – for those who are either in need of a refresher or just tuning in – examines Louisiana detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Marty Hart’s (Woody Harrelson) seventeen-year journey to track down an elusive serial killer, known as the Yellow King. Through the use of multiple flashbacks and unreliable narration by its characters, the series thoroughly examines the corrosive effects this case has on Cohle and Hart’s personal lives and relationships – as filtered through their own points of view, that is.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective Season 1 Episode 3 True Detective Rumor: Jessica Chastain Offered Season 2 Lead Role [Updated]

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on ‘True Detective’

Created by Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective season one earned much critical acclaim for its leads’ performances, its scholarly treatment of certain pulpy tropes, and director Cary Fukunaga’s technically-astute flourishes and construction of the series, on the whole. In terms of criticism, however, season one was also (fairly) called out for offering something of a typical, myopic vision of the detective experience, seen from a primarily male perspective. (Criticisms that Pizzolatto has politely defended season one from, in the past.)

Of course, one of the perks that comes with the anthology format – something True Detective adheres to – is it allows the show runner to start afresh and potentially break new ground artistically, from season to season. Pizzolatto has indicated in the past that he might explore the world of American crime from a female perspective in season two – and now, sources for Nerdist are claiming that Jessica Chastain has been offered one of the lead roles in a “female-driven cast” for the next True Detective storyline.

jessica chastain true detective True Detective Rumor: Jessica Chastain Offered Season 2 Lead Role [Updated]

Jessica Chastain in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Chastain, like McConaughey, specializes in rich character portraits, but she definitely like to keep it varied; for example, her award-winning turn as the obsessive CIA agent Maya in Zero Dark Thirty is a far cry from her role as kind, but naive housewife Celia in The Help, as well as her punk musician Annabel in Mama. Which is to say: no matter what role Pizzolatto has in place for Chastain to play – assuming the latest rumor is true – it would very much be interesting to see her take it on (and thus, let us see how it compares to her previous work).

The downside of being a recognized talent is that Chastain is very in-demand at the moment; she’s reported to be mulling over an offer to play a lead role in Mission: Impossible 5 right now – among other job offers, possibly. That doesn’t mean she can’t appear in both the next Mission: Impossible and True Detective season, especially since the latter doesn’t have a concrete production timeline right now. Either project could make for a rewarding time investment for Chastain (in very different ways, of course); we’ll just have to wait and see what she does, now that the ball’s in her court.

UPDATE: E! Online is reporting that Chastain’s representatives have denied that she will be appearing on True Detective season two.


We’ll keep you updated on True Detective season 2 development as more details become available.

Source: Nerdist

Update Source: E! Online

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  1. Great choice for the lead.

  2. If Chastain is who they are going with then fair enough, I’ll just give it a miss. Would have preferred a Hilary Swank or Charlize Theron tbh, or even a Julia Roberts if they were going outside the box.

  3. Would be amazing, but this rumor has already been debunked by HBO.

  4. This would be unbelievable.

    I would love to see her in this type of role. But i seriously doubt this happens… Chastain is at a very different point professionally than McConaughey was when he took this role… I just can’t see her turning down massive motion picture opportunities to do this.

    Would be incredible though.

  5. Sandy I have been hearing more and more Brad Pitt as one of the leading roles? I figured at first that rumor was completely false, however it continues to resurface and did again last week that he was very close to signing on. Is this rumor completly untrue internet hearsay? I havent seen anyone debunk it just wondering if you had any insight into that rumor. Thanks.

  6. They should have the two detectives who were investigating Cohle be the stars of the second season.

    • Yikes. Nope nope nope.

  7. If this was actually true, would be incredible. Even if she just played the same character as she did in Zero Dark Thirty. BTW, love J-Law, but Chastain should’ve won best actress that year.

  8. True detective reminded me most of Texas killing fields so she would be appropriate

  9. Please no Jessica Chastain, her performance in Zero Dark Thirty is way overhyped, her character was totally unlikable.

    • This.

    • It was supposed to be unlikeable to a certain extent (especially if any of the film is actually true, according to what people said about the actual person it’s based off of)

  10. Julia Roberts ????….. OMG No !!!!