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True Detective’ Season 2 Will Have 3 Leads and Is Set in California

Photo credit:  Anonymous Content, Lee Caplin / Picture Entertainment

Photo credit: Anonymous Content, Lee Caplin / Picture Entertainment

HBO’s “True Detective” generated an enormous amount of buzz when it debuted earlier this year, becoming one of the most talked about shows in the history of the premium channel. Gaining legions of fans and garnering critical acclaim for its fluid storytelling and brilliant acting, the crime drama is one of the frontrunners to score big on Emmy night.

Ever since the final episode of “True Detective” aired, there has been speculation about who will be in the cast for the second season. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto had previously revealed that stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey would not be returning. Instead, the series would have a completely new storyline and cast with every season. Pizzolatto had been very tight-lipped regarding any details of the upcoming season. However, he recently let some important information slip. During a recent interview, he stated that the second season is probably going to have three leads. All three characters will be new and not featured in the first season. Unconfirmed rumors are swirling that two men and a woman will be the leads.

In addition to the juicy tidbit about the three leads, Pizzolatto also revealed that the new season will be set in California, not Louisiana. However, he indicated that it will not be in Los Angeles. Instead, some of the lesser-known areas of California will be featured. More unsubstantiated rumors suggest that the story will primarily take place in the present day, unlike the first season that featured different timelines. Also, Northern California is expected to play a significant role in the second season.

Regarding who will be cast in the coveted lead roles, the rumor mill has been working overtime on that subject. Many articles were written about Jessica Chastain being offered a leading role. However, this was denied by both her publicist and Chastain herself. Pizzolatto has indicated that casting will start in earnest within the next several weeks.

If the cast and the storyline of “True Detective” are going to change, what is going to stay the same? According to Pizzalatto, the series will maintain its downbeat feel. It will continue to be shot in a way that uses as few bright and cheery colors as possible. In other words, it will still continue to be a downer.