HBO’s True Detective was a critical darling and a fan favorite in its first season. The show features a new cast and a new storyline each season and the second season was a disappointment for many. Now, news has broken about season three that has a lot of people hopeful for some of that season one magic. The exciting update is that Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will star in the show’s third season.
Ali will be the first African American lead on the show. He is no stranger to firsts, this past year, he became the first Muslim actor to take home an Academy Award. He won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight. That win also signaled the first Oscar win for an African American man in more than a decade. Just days before that historic win, Ali’s first child was born. Other projects Ali is known for include Hidden Figures as well as Netflix’s Luke Cage and House of Cards. Earlier this summer, Ali was featured along with Lupita Nyong’o and Donald Glover in a cinematic trailer for Jay Z’s 4:44.
There aren’t too many details known yet about Ali’s season of the show. No other actors have been announced at this point, though it’s clear that Ali has “the chops to carry a show” all on his own. What is known is that it will reveal a dark mystery that takes place in the Ozarks over several decades. Ali will play Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Showrunner and creator Nic Pizzolatto will direct, along with Jeremy Saulnier.
“It’s not about you, it’s about these characters,” Ali said in his Oscar acceptance speech. “You are a servant. You’re in service to these stories and these characters.” It’s this perspective that makes him a great actor. We’re excited to see how Ali tells the story of Wayne Hays. According to HBO executive Casey Bloys, the “terrific” scripts give Ali an exciting story to tell. The premiere date for True Detective‘s third season is not yet known but it’s probably pretty far off. We might have to wait until the middle of 2018 or even longer to see Ali bring the show back to the spotlight as truly great television. In the meantime, you can catch in Ali in the upcoming film Alita: Battle Angel or hear his voice in the Madden NFL 18: Longshot video game.