According to Variety, the actress was offered the female lead role by HBO and the producers of the series
They had previously hesitated between Jessica Biel and Malin Akerman before making their decision.
Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn are expected to join the prestigious cast of detectives. Taylor Kitsch is also rumored to complete the quartet.
The new season of the series will tell the story of three police officers, assisted by an expert in criminology, who try to solve a sordid murder case in California.
Filming for the second season of True Detective is set to start this fall.