The "well-known" stars of True Detective season two could be revealed as soon as next week according to HBO president Michael Lombardo.

Lombardo said at the TCA Press Tour yesterday (July 10), "The people we will cast will be well-known names, but [casting stars] 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."

He added that season two could surpass season one, "I hate to jinx is... [the two scripts we have] are more exciting than the first season. [Nic Pizzolatto is] an incredibly talented writer."

Casting rumours have been flying around since McConaughey confirmed he would not be returning to the show, with everyone from Jessica Chastain to Brad Pitt at some stage rumoured to star.