Jessica Chastain has been offered a leading role in the next series of True Detective, according to new rumours.
The Nerdist claim the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has offered the Zero Dark Thirty star what is widely seen as the hottest job in TV following the huge success of the Matthew McConaughey / Woody Harrelson-driven first instalment.
It was always Pizzolatto’s intention to write a new story with a new cast for series 2 (neither McCohaughey or Harelson will return), sparking speculation as to who that might be ever since. Brad Pitt has previously been linked with the gig.
True Detective was one of the most critically acclaimed TV dramas of the past 12 months, and a huge hit with fans who swarmed online to debate the plotlines and twists in each episode.
Moreover, Pizzolatto’s hardboiled dialogue and emphasis on characterisation over action make it a highly attractive role for any actors looking for place in TV’s ‘Golden Era’.
Chastain's involvement would appear to support the idea that Pizzolatto plans to make the second series a female-driven story, after the original’s bromance.
So who is Jessica Chastain? A red-haired Californian, the 37-year-old has been acting in films since 2008’s Indie flick Jolene, but is currently going through the most successful period in her career.
In 2012 she played the lead role in Kathryn Bigelow multi-Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty, playing a young CIA agent chasing Osama Bin Laden.
She is also starring in upcoming Christopher Nolan sci-fi epic Interstellar and is set to play Marilyn Monroe in a new film biopic.
A lead role in True Detective, which will be one of the highest-profile TV shows of the 2015, would make her a household name.