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New Details on 'True Detective' Season Two: A California-Set Noir with Three Leads

Photo of Beth Hanna 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.
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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first season of "True Detective."
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first season of "True Detective."

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.