By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 27, 2014 at 1:49PM
As long-term anticipation builds for the second season of HBO's "True Detective," new details have emerged about what the next focus of the anthology will be -- and who will be at the center of the mystery.
Show creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto recently told the "To The Best of Our Knowledge" public radio program that the second season will feature a trio of leads, and will be set in California. But this won't be a Los Angeles noir. Instead, lower profile California settings will be at the heart of the story. "We're going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in Season One," Pizzolatto said.
He went on to add that "we'll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months," and that he's "deeply in love" with the new characters. There aren't any plans for Season One stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to return in any form -- though Pizzolatto, who's also a novelist, says he may have an interest in returning to the characters of Rust and Marty in a book -- and, alas, the amazing rumors that Jessica Chastain could be one of the three new leads were quashed by the actress herself on the Cannes red carpet last week.
Meanwhile, TV critic Alan Sepinwall previously got deets from Pizzolatto about themes and motifs in the upcoming season: "Hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system." It's difficult to say what "hard women" means, but it seems Pizzolatto has taken to heart the objections some feminists had to the first season's representation of women, and may be trying to shake things up.