While a second season of HBO's breakout hit True Detective seems inevitable, the network has not yet officially renewed the show yet. That hasn't stopped casting rumors from flooding in. Just one week after a rumor surfaced that Brad Pitt was being eyed to star, a new report has emerged and has already been debunked that Jessica Chastain has been offered a lead role in Season 2.
Nerdist has the initial scoop that Jessica Chastain was offered a role, but has yet to accept. The site reported that the actress' representation declined to comment, but The Wrap received an email from the actress' publicist, Nicole Perna, who denied that the actress is involved with a brief statement.
"I can tell you she's not doing this project officially."
However, The Wrap does reveal that the publicist would not flat-out state if her client had been offered the role or not, so it's possible that an offer was extended to the actress, but she declined.
Series creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed in March that he is already writing the scripts for Season 2, ahead of an official renewal. That report also addressed a deleted tweet from February, which hinted that there may be a female lead next season. Here's the deleted tweet below.
"One of the detriments of only having two POV characters, both men (a structural necessity). Next season..."
The series creator revealed that he deleted that message because he didn't want to be held to that promise, in case he changed his mind.
"I deleted the tweet because I didn't want to be beholden to a promise and then change my mind. I'm writing Season 2 right now, but I don't want to divulge any potentialities, because so much could change. I just never want to create from a place of critical placation - that's a dead zone. So I don't want, for instance, a gender-bias-critique to influence what I do."
Would you like to see a male and female detective in Season 2 of True Detective? Chime in with your thoughts below. Jessica Chastain will next be seen on the big screen in Interstellar, arriving in theaters November 7.