Mahershala Ali Confirmed to Star In True Detective - Season 3

Posted 2017/07/30 0 0

The third season of anthology series True Detective is a go and Mahershala Ali will star as the show’s crime solver.


Oscar winner Mahershala Ali was reportedly interested earlier this month, but talking to reporters at the TCA summer tour, HBO boss Casey Bloys announced that the Oscar winner had made a deal to star in the third season of the show. And that progress was being made by writer/producer Nic Pizzolatto. "I’ve read five scripts on the new season and I think they’re terrific," Bloys said. "When we find a director, we'll be a go on that."

After a thrilling and visually stunning 2014 debut season, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as detectives tracking a serial killer through the Louisiana bayous, the series took a mighty step backward in its second year. The story moved to Los Angeles, where Vince Vaughn played a corrupt entrepreneur. Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch did their best as the cops investigating the death of Vaughn’s business partner, but it failed to rekindle the magic of its first season.

This time around, creator Nic Pizzolatto is reportedly working with David Milch of “Deadwood” fame on steering the story in a new direction and hopefully away from Vince Vaughn as a morally conflicted crime boss.

A little known actor for most of the 2000s, Ali came to prominence in 2013 for playing Remy Danton, a lobbyist in Netflix’s House of Cards. Since then, he’s been thrust into the Hollywood A-list, winning the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in Moonlight, which itself won the Oscar for best picture. Ali will be the first non-white lead actor in True Detective.

Ali's casting is the first step in getting True Detective back in our good graces. Let's just hope Season 3 will be just as good, if not better, than its first season.