true-detectiveThe True Detective follow-up season has become the TV equivalent of the latest Star Wars sequel, with closely guarded and wildly speculated about script and casting process. The HBO series’ creator Nic Pizzolatto has dropped a few more hints, confirming with NPR program To The Best Of Our Knowledge that Season 2 of the crime thriller will have three leads. Unofficial breakdowns floated around have listed the three leads as a fortysomething male detective/cop with Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale and Josh Brolin as prototypes, a twentysomething male cop and a thirtysomething female detective, with Jessica Chastain as a potential prototype. Following the tour de force performances of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson last season, Season 2 casting rumors have been swirling, with a number of A-listers bandied about. After early speculation about Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Cate Blanchett, the rumor mill in the past few weeks focused on Bale, Phoenix and Brolin as well as The Normal Heart star Taylor Kitsch for the other male lead and Chastain. (The actress, who had been approached, recently confirmed that she won’t be doing the series.) While rumors are reaching fever pitch, actual casting may be a ways away, according to Pizzolatto. “The characters are all new, but I’m deeply in love with each of them,” he told the NPR show. “We’ve got the entire series broken out with a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months.”

As for the setting of Season 2, “it takes place in California — not Los Angeles but some of the much lesser-known venues of California — and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in Season 1,” said Pizzolatto, who set the freshman year in his native Louisiana. He previously had told HitFix that the new season of True Detective would be about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”