Jessica Chastain: I’m Not Starring in ‘True Detective’

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain addressed “True Detective” casting rumors at the amfAR event at the Hotel du Cap in Cannes on Thursday night.

Earlier this week, several websites reported the actress was offered a lead role in season two of the HBO series.

“That news broke yesterday, and everybody went crazy on the Internet,” Chastain said on the red carpet, confirming she won’t star in season two of the drama.

“It’s an awkward thing because when all that attention happens — it takes away from whoever plays the role.”

“I’m a big fan of the series,” Chastain said, adding she was drawn to Matthew McConaughey’s and Woody Harrelson’s performances. “I’m going to watch the second season just like I watched every episode of the first.”

Chastain stars in the Cannes film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.”

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  1. KB says:

    When you look at how quickly Van Sant’s Sea of Trees with McConaughey sold at Cannes, you’re faced with the True Detective phenomenon. SoT is the story of a suicidal physics professor. Box office prospects? Dallas Buyers Club may have been an enormous critical hit and, by indie standards, a commercial one as well, but most of the fascination with McConaughey is coming off TD. TD is a game changer in that the actors could do mind-blowing work that was actually SEEN all over the world. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for indies no matter how critically acclaimed they are.

  2. Allen says:

    Shame because I think she would be great. However, I have faith in the people behind that show and I’m sure they will make a great pick for season 2.

  3. Ali Rich says:

    So… does that mean she was offered a part and turned it down? Or that she was never offered a part? Can’t handle ambiguity after watching True Detective.

    In any case, whoever leaked or made this bit up, succeeded in giving Jessica Chastain the most publicity she has ever gotten in her career.

    • Mick Dundee says:

      Incorrect, you should get out more

    • casemoney says:

      I think maybe, just maybe, she got more publicity for starring in Zero Dark Thirty. or being nominated for an Oscar twice..

      • Ali Rich says:

        Nope. Outside of the indie American market nobody knows who she is. Worldwide, True Detective trumps Zero Dark Thirty bigtime.

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