UPDATED: Jessica Chastain for True Detective season 2?

News Louisa Mellor 21 May 2014 - 07:35
Jessica Chastain

According to rumours, Jessica Chastain has been offered the co-lead in True Detective's second season...

UPDATE: It appears that HBO and Jessica Chastain's "people" have denied that any such negotiations have taken place, bursting our bubble. Must remember to put salt on the shopping list...

Appreciating the need to take this, like all online rumours, with an entire shaker of salt, word has it that Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark ThirtyThe Help, just about everything else that came out in 2011) has been offered the co-lead in True Detective season two.

The drama, written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga, is planned as an anthology series, with a fresh cast and fresh story for each eight-episode run. That means season two's leads have to live up to the memorable pairing of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, a fact not lost on fans of internet memes, who've been making their own creative suggestions since the second run was announced.

It's believed that Pizzolatto is writing for two female leads this time around, and Chastain's acceptance of one of them would be an indubitable coup for the show. We'll keep you posted as things develop.

Read our ideas on what True Detective season two might have in store, here. 

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Not too surprising considering 'True Detective' shared a tone and setting with 'Texas Killing Fields' and Chastain was very good in that.
Who to pair her with tho? Is Melissa Leo too on the nose? I think she'd be great but maybe predictable?

Or Margo Martindale, she has impressed me in everything I've seen her in and she is so hot right now. From a career point of view.

I don't know I heard Hansel is so hot right now.

N'ah mate, he's soooo 2001. He went out with orange-mocha frappachinos.

Now that would be great! Any partner suggestions?

I know we are supposed to be above such things here but *looks at the article picture* she really is quite lovely ............. *sigh*

I loved her in erin brockovich

My two pennies worth; Rooney Mara. She is outstanding in so many ways.

To be honest I have faith that they'll find a great cast, I'm more intrigued and apprehensive about the type of characters they'll choose to lead the story.

I've never been convinced by Rooney Mara but Kate Mara on the other hand. Good luck prising her away from House of Cards tho. Unless she's dead in house of cards (I'm a season behind).

Hope this is true. From what I've seen I really like her as an actress and she hasn't ahd that much chance yet to really shine. Also my first thought was whether she would be female Rust or female Marty but I'm pretty sure Nick pizzolatto is far too smart to fall for that. This really pumped up my excitement for season 2 of True Detective.

I loved her in Labyrinth

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