True Detective is starting over next season with a new cast and a new mystery, and, until this week, the only sure thing was that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson wouldn't be returning as the show's leads. But, in a recent interview, series creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed a little bit more.

Here's what he told public radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge:

Right now, we're working with three leads. It takes place in California. Not Los Angeles, but some of the lesser known venues of California and we're going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambience of the place, much like we did with season one. The characters are all new, but I am deeply in love with all of them. We have the entire season broken out, and I have a couple of scripts, and we'll probably start casting within the coming month.

True Detective's serial format allows Pizzolatto to fuck with not only the main cast, but also the setting and the first season's entire mismatched-cop-partners dynamic. It looks like he's taking full advantage.

Pizzolatto previously described Season 2 as a story of "bad men, hard women and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system."

Thus far, he hasn't revealed his source material—season one borrowed from an 1895 short story collection called The King in Yellow—or even what time period Season 2 will be set in.

As far as casting, we can only rule out three people as leads: Harrelson, McConaughey, and Jessica Chastain. Anyone else (including Brad Pitt) is fair game.

[H/T Uproxx, Photo: HBO]