Mahershala Ali Set to Star in ‘True Detective’ Season 3

This year’s most in-demand actor, Mahershala Ali, just scored a starring role on the third season of the award-winning show True Detective. Casey Bloys, president of programming at HBO, made the announcement during HBO’s summer Television Critics Association presentation.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Bloys confirmed that Ali has sealed the deal with the network to star in the potential third season of the anthology series. “I have read five scripts for a third season,” Bloys said per EW. “I’m very very impressed and excited about what I’ve read. I don’t want to give away the storyline, but I really think they’re terrific.”

While making the exciting announcement, Bloys stated that the network is now looking for directors for the third season, which looks like the last step before getting the official green light. The critically acclaimed show has shown a trend of using different directors for each season. As EW reports, Cary Joji (Beasts of No Nation) served as director for all eight episodes for the first season, while the second season was split between several directors, including Justin Lin and John Crowley.

The award-winning actor also confirmed the news after sharing a photo of show title with the caption “Season 3 @HBO.”

Season 3 @hbo

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Scoring the leading role in True Detective just adds another notch onto Mahershala’s belt full of other high-profile roles. In addition to winning an Oscar for his performance in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, Ali also starred in award-winning Netflix series House of Cards and gave scene-stealing performances as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in Netflix’s Luke Cage.

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