The Washington Post

Actually, Jessica Chastain’s not doing ‘True Detective’


Jessica Chastain is sorry about the minor Internet frenzy started when word got out that she’d been approached to star in the second season of “True Detective.”

As it turns out, she’s not doing it. Chastain shot down the news, first reported in an exclusive by the Nerdist, at the Cannes Cinema Against Aids benefit for amFAR.

“It’s such an awkward thing,” Chastain said. “That news broke yesterday and it went crazy on the Internet. There was so much of an explosion. Also it’s an awkward thing because when all that attention happens, it takes away from whoever plays the role. I love Woody Harrelson, and I’m gonna watch the second season just like I watched every episode of the first. But I won’t be on it.”

This allows for a momentary pause for mourning before we imagine who else we’d like to see in the role. Not that there’s been so much as a clue about the arc of next season’s plot.

Over at the Playlist, Edward Davis tells us why we’re all a bunch of rubes:

If there’s something the Internet loves it’s wishful thinking. And there’s a ton of wishful thinking going around the second season of “True Detective.” There’s been dumb, totally false and wrong rumors that Brad Pitt was going to co-star (ha, as if), and lately, there’s been word that Jessica Chastain got an offer to star in the second season of writer Nic Pizzolatto’s show (by now you’ve hopefully come to terms that Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are not coming back either). And maybe Chastain did get an offer, but to prove the point why you should always temper that excitement, every major star always gets an offer for everything. Especially if they’re hot at the moment. So you know Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain get offered every part right now. Hell, Fassbender was offered the lead in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive,” both of which he had to turn down because of scheduling conflicts. He wants to work with those people, but not everything fits, so maybe next time.

Chastain will, however, be playing Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film “Blonde.” Because after Michelle Williams, Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Charlotte Sullivan, Megan Hilty, Katherine McPhee, Uma Thurman, Barbara Niven, Poppy Montgomery (whose mini-series was also called “Blonde!”), Catherine Hicks, Melody Anderson and a litany of others, what the world needs is yet another depiction of Marilyn Monroe. Chastain’s turn will be based on the book “Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates.

h/t Vulture

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments

Sign up for email updates from the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

You have signed up for the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

Thank you for signing up
You'll receive e-mail when new stories are published in this series.
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.
Next Story
Justin Wm. Moyer · May 23, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.