Jessica Chastain Offered Lead Role in Second Season of HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE [Update: Reps Deny Involvement]

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Ever since Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) made their mark in the first season of HBO’s taut drama True Detective, fans have been wondering just who would star in the anthology’s follow-up season.  If tonight’s news pans out, one of those leads could very well be Jessica Chastain.  The successful show, which is boldly vying for a Best Drama Series instead of Miniseries at this year’s Emmy Awards, was rumored to see a change in genders of the lead roles in its second season, so the Zero Dark Thirty actress would certainly be an inspired choice.  Hit the jump for more. [This story has been updated after the jump]

Nerdist reports jessica-chastain-true-detectivethat Chastain has been offered a lead in season two of writer Nic Pizzolatto’s second season of True Detective, but has yet to accept.  We previously posted some of Pizzolatto’s comments (ie teases) about season two, some of which follow below:

“[The reaction to season one] has informed exactly one thing. It’s that I realize I need to keep being strange. Don’t play the next one straight. … 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.”

Looks like Chastain has the opportunity to play one of those hard women.  Again.  She’s already earned two Oscar nominations for her character turns in The Help, and more notably, Zero Dark Thirty, in which she played, admirably, a woman of strong convictions in a military man’s world.  Outside of the Oscar spotlight, Chastain also stood strong in John Hillcoat’s Lawless and, surprisingly, Andres Muschietti’s horror film, Mama.  While we wait to hear back from Chastain’s camp on the True Detective decision, we can anticipate seeing her on screen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, just to name a few.

Update: E! Online is reporting that that Chastain’s reps are denying her involvement in the series, and so is HBO.  If this is the case, it’s possible that Chastain might co-star in Mission: Impossible 5.

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  • Mike

    Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain? Watching. Now, who’s gonna replace Cary Fukunaga? At this rate, just go ahead and announce it’s gonna be David Fincher.

    • Norrtron

      Rian Johnson would be pretty awesome.

      • The Flobbit

        Vince Gilligan?

      • Royale With Cheese

        He’s working on Better Call Saul and probably twenty other projects.

      • Royale With Cheese

        Come back to us Rian, we miss you.

    • The Flobbit

      Who said anything about Brad Pitt?

      • 80sRobot

        It was reported a week ago that Pitt was offered to star.

      • Royale With Cheese

        He wasn’t OFFERED a role was he? I think those were just rumors. Please post the link if I’m mistaken because that would be a “Shit in Your Pants” moment.

      • 80sRobot
      • Faptain America

        Don’t you mean a “Pitt in Your Pants” moment?

        I like Jessica Chastain. Brad Pitt bores me, but I guess I’ll watch it with Pitt-Stain.

      • LEM

        The last news I saw was that he was in final negotiations to star but I guess it may have been a rumor unless they’re starring together.

    • Eoin Daly

      With Pitt and Chastain working together again I would love a full Tree of Life reunion with Terrence Malick being the director.

    • Royale With Cheese

      I would love to see PItt but I think that was less than a rumor. Nothing as significant as an offer such as this. I would love to see it happen though.

    • Lowery

      How about Chan Wook Park?

  • Brian

    Idris Elba for the other lead

    • BigJimSlade

      Maybe if Sam Worthington is busy…

      • dude

        Don’t do that to Idris Elba, please. Comparing him with Sam Worthington.

      • Chris

        I completely agree with you Idris Elba is miles and miles a better actor then Sam Worthington will ever be. Just watch The Wire and Luther.

    • Faptain America

      Bryan Cranston!

    • Faptain America

      Benedict Cumberbatch!

  • Strong Enough

    I saw her boobs

    • World’s Finest Comments

      I saw her acting skills. Much hotter.

    • James franco

      Real mature comment. But yeah she looks hotter naked. Love those pink nipples

      • Jim Bo

        But James, she isn’t 17.

      • Royale With Cheese

        You guys leave James Franco alone! :-(

      • James franco

        I like women of all ages

      • James franco

        I like women of all ages

  • The Flobbit

    For hard women with the right touch of vulnerable, Jessica Chastain is your girl.

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  • Royale With Cheese

    This would be amazing. Chastain is incredible.

  • Person

    Hopefully she’s not too busy to accept.

  • Faptain America

    We could also have TWO women leads you know.

  • jay

    i love chastain but she did a movie called the Texas Killing Fields that had the look and feel of true detective(only it went nowhere and it sucked) which i cant seem to forget. my fear is just that its going to be a retread of that. Also i wouldnt want to be the duo that has to follow Harrelson and McConaughey, season 3 is where you want to be.

  • Redjester

    F*ck yeah!

    Brilliant, brilliant casting for a brilliant, brilliant show!

    • Farrell

      its not happening (story has been updated)

      • Redjester

        Choosing Mission Impossible 5 over True Detective might be the most boneheaded move I’ve ever seen. That said, Chastain’s track record has been pretty damn perfect, so I guess she’s deserving of at least one big payday or two.

        Shame though, she would have been perfect.

      • Farrell

        They never said she turned down TD to do MI5. Simply that it’s possible she may do MI5. She may never have been offered the TD role at all.

      • Redjester

        Yeah you’re right. I should have started that last post with “hypothetically.”

  • Victor

    Well, for me, being in M:I 5 or True Detective, it’s a win. I love this gorgeous red hair actriss.

  • Victor

    Well, for me, being in M:I 5 or True Detective, it’s a win. I love this gorgeous red hair actriss.

  • Lowery

    It would be awesome to see Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Basett be the detectives. That would mix it up a little but but it would be awesome to see Bassett as a hardened badass and Nyong’o as her aloof partner. Make it happen.

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