The casting process for True Detective‘s second season has become just about as complicated as Rust and Marty’s search for the Yellow King in season one. And if you add in the 21st-century problem of social media—which the Yellow King was not a big fan of—one could argue that it’s an even more complicated puzzle. For months, there have been rumors surrounding the number of leads—two! three! four!—and from there, rumors surrounding who will play those leads—Josh Brolin! Brad Pitt! Jessica Chastain!
At this point, the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has said that the second season will be set in California, but there’s still some debate as to the number of leads. Pizzolatto was hinting toward three; though now, if you add in the addition of a potential antagonist, it looks like there could be four. From there, other questions remain: Will there be a female detective? Who will play her?
Below, we’ve rounded up the many casting rumors that have circulated the internet—and weighed in on how true they seem, how plausible they seem, and how well each rumored star would fit into the landscape of the HBO series. READ FULL STORY