Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the magic pairing in the first run of True Detective – but HBO are looking to increase the number of stars next time around.

Season two of the highly-acclaimed drama will have three leads, it has been confirmed by the show’s creator Nic Pizzolatto in an interview with website To the Best of Our Knowledge.

Recent Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt have been amongst the big names linked to True Detective’s second season, but so far no cast members have been confirmed. have also reported that a series of Oscar winners and nominees have been considered, including Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Michael Fassbender and Cate Blanchett, as well as former Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch.

 Pizzolatto also revealed that the next season will move location to rural California and deal with “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”

He added: “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.

Although he didn't go into detail he spoke about the casting process he said: “We've got the entire series broken out with a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months."