HBO chief confirms True Detective Season Two cast members are "well known names"
HBO president Michael Lombardo has confirmed that the second season of hit series True Detective has been cast and that the new lead actors are "well known names".
The new show debuted earlier this year to great acclaim and starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives who are charged with solving a series of ritualistic murders in Louisiana.
Speaking at the TCA Press Conference yesterday (July 10th), Lombardo said that a formal announcement about the cast of the show's second season could be made "in the next week" and we can expect them to be big names.
He said: "I think the truth of the matter is a number of people — talented, well-known actors — look for great writing. The people we will cast will be well-known names, but (getting big names) wasn't our ambition. Great writing attracts great actors… Maybe people initially came for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but I think they stayed because the show was so compelling."
Lombardo also spoke about the scripts that he'd read for season two and said that creator Nic Pizzolatto was in inspired form, he added: "I hate to jinx it… the two scripts we have are more exciting than the first season. He (Pizzolatto) is an incredibly talented writer.
Pizzolatto has previously confirmed that the second season of the show will star four leads and be set in California. Speaking on podcast To the Best of Our Knowledge, he said: "In True Detective, the world itself is the crime. The world itself is poison; there's something ruinous at work here. The poison at the root of the world is humanity."
Asked where in California the show would be set, he replied: "Not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser-known venues of California. And we're going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambience of the place, much like we did in season one."
Season One of True Detective is available on DVD and Blu-Ray in hmv stores across the UK now.