Despite rumors to the contrary, Jessica Chastain is not joining the Season Two cast of True Detective. One day after Nerdist reported that she’d been offered a lead part on the show, reps for the Oscar-nominated actress confirmed to E! that Chastain won’t be featured on the acclaimed HBO series. HBO has also denied the reports.
Chastain has received wide critical acclaim for several recent film roles. She earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2011’s The Help, along with a Best Actress Oscar nod for her lead part in the 2012 military thriller Zero Dark Thirty. The actress is set to appear in several films this year, including Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi epic Interstellar (opposite Matthew McConaughey, star of True Detective Season One).
Even if Chastain isn’t headed to HBO, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has hinted at a larger female presence in the show’s second season, which will feature an entirely new story and cast. “This is really early, but I’ll tell you [it’s about] hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system,” he told HitFix in a March interview, noting that he also wanted to “keep being strange” with the series.
Elsewhere, Pizzolatto also reflected on the first season as a whole, saying he was satisfied with how things ended up. “It couldn’t have been better,” he said. “I’m just surprised by it. . . . I think this show answers everything it told you to ask. The questions it didn’t tell you to ask are questions best left to one’s self.”