HBO Finds A Way: ‘True Detective’ Season 3 With Mahershala Ali

Remember how television gets great performances out of actors? Well, this tradition is set to continue.

Mahershala Ali looks to be the next lead in True Detective, according to reports.

Dark Horizons reports the Oscar-winning actor has won the lead role in the anthology series’ third season.

Creator Nic Pizzolatto is teaming with Deadwood creator David Milch on the new season of the anthology crime drama,” writes Garth Franklin. “From the looks of it, [it] could be back on screens in 2018.”

Ali’s casting follows in the tradition of the show’s different stories. The first season features Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Subsequently, the second season has Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams. Little is known of Ali’s role, and there is no word on what the third season will consist of.

Mahershala Ali

Ali is no stranger to television, because this is where his acting career began. During the early 2000s, he starred in Crossing Jordan and The 4400. He would have guest sports on NYPD Blue and Law & Order: SVU. Ali is known for playing Remy Danton in the first three seasons of House of Cards. Last year, he played the villainous Cottonmouth in Marvel’s Luke Cage, but he got killed off halfway through the season.

In 2008, Ali got his big break in Hollywood. It would be a supporting role as Brad Pitt’s adoptive father in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Although a minor player, he would leave an impression on cinema audiences as Tizzy Weathers, particular in his love of quoting Shakespeare. From there, he went on to appear in Predators, the final two Hunger Games movies, and Hidden Figures.

Mostly recently, his role as Juan in Moonlight became his most famous role to date. Despite only appearing in the first act, Ali’s performance as a drug dealer turned mentor is one of the film’s highlights. He would go on to win a slew of awards, and this includes the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

True Detective is set to return in 2018.


Jonathan Bruce
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